As of March 2006, Yosemite is the only National Park running Electric Hybrid buses on our shuttle loop, and we have the only 100% Electric Hybrid shuttle fleet in the Nation. Our FREE shuttle system runs 365 days a year and transports over 5 million guests annually. The buses produce 90% fewer emissions than traditional buses and are significantly quieter than any other commercial vehicles on the road. In addition, the fuel economy has increased by nearly 40%. When you come to Yosemite, park your car and ride the shuttle, it’s our “Electromagnetic Thing of Beauty”!!
In addition to the electric hybrid fleet, in 2009 DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite purchased four hybrid diesel tractor cabs that replaced early 1980's vintage GMC and Chevrolet models. The old tractors were originally designed for gasoline usage and latter converted to propane. The new tractors propel open air trams that transport riders and their interpretive guides through a two-hour tour of Yosemite Valley. The new hybrids are expected to be cleaner, producing 80% less emissions than conventional diesel engines, and significantly more fuel efficient than the older tractors.
You can find out more about our Hybrid Busses in this article, Green Ride in a Great Park, pulished in FleetOwner magazine.