PHOTO CAPTION: Design LIne Hybrid-electric Transit Bus in New York City

Design Line Sees Dollars in Hybrid-Electric Buses

The company's revenue has more than doubled since firm moved its headquarters from New Zealand to Charlotte, NC.

Published: 21-Jul-2009

Inside a 100,000-square-foot plant in southwest Charlotte, the production line rumbles with power tools and clanging steel. More than 50 workers assemble the frames and inside seating for green, blue and black buses that run off battery-powered motors.

DesignLine International buses generate less noise and pollution than normal diesel-powered buses. The quiet, environmentally friendly ride has landed the Charlotte company more than two years' worth of contracts, including recent public transit orders from Baltimore and New York.

The company's revenue has more than doubled since CEO Brad Glosson and his father brought company headquarters here from New Zealand in 2006.


Honda has not announced what the power plant would be in this concept car, which could be considered as a replacement for the aging S2000 Roadster.

Audi thinks hybrid systems are more sensible in smaller vehicles and because it wants to introduce the vehicle with lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Chrysler says the two-mode Hybrid delivers 40% better fuel economy in the city and a 25% overall improvement.


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