above the NYCT expectations; the hybrid bus group is well above the NYCT expectations for MBRC.
For RCs related only to the propulsion system, the MBRC rates are lowest for the diesel baseline group at West Farms at 5,000 MBRC. The CNG buses are next at around 8,000 MBRC. At just above 10,000 MBRC, the hybrid and diesel baseline buses have similar MBRC rates for the propulsion system.
This interim evaluation report represents eight out of 12 months of evaluation planned for the CNG and hybrid buses (from the order of 125). The final results of these two study groups will be complete with data through September 2005 and should be reported in early calendar year 2006.
DOE/NREL also planned to evaluate hybrid buses from the order of 200 operating at Manhattanville Depot. Results from that evaluation will be presented separately.
NYCT has recently announced an additional order of Orion/BAE Systems hybrid buses with deliveries of 216 hybrid buses for NYCT and 284 hybrid buses for MTA Buses. The price for these hybrid buses was reported to be a little less than $500,000 each, which is reportedly about $150,000 more than a new standard clean diesel bus.