According to the Anchorage Daily News, the Alaska Truck Center (Cascadia International LLC) is lending UAA an IC-Corp diesel-electric hybrid school bus for cold-weather real world testing. Enova Systems provides the hybrid system for the school bus. (Gas 2.0 has a nice blog entry on these buses.)
According to another ADN article, Denali National Park tested the bus during the summer with mixed results. Denali had previously run extensive biodiesel trials in the park. I haven’t heard any biodiesel connection with this new diesel-hybrid, but combining renewable local fuel with hybrid efficiencies is worth making a few phone calls. We’ll keep you updated.