PHOTO CAPTION: Restored 1938 streetcar from Australia runs on locally produced B20 biodiesel.

Savannah Rolls Out America's First Hybrid Street Car

Restored trolley runs on locally produced B20 biodiesel.

Published: 11-Dec-2008

THE first hybrid streetcar in North America made its maiden voyage down River Street on Tuesday as part of a Climate Action Parade.
On board were Mayor Otis Johnson, city aldermen and other civic leaders. The parade was held to mark National Climate Action Week, which begins Dec. 15.

The streetcar is the latest of the city's growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles. It is a fully restored 1938 streetcar that was originally used in Melbourne, Australia.

It had been stored for several years at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, with the intent that it would eventually be used to carry riders up and down River Street. The new streetcar is expected to go on line some time in January.



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