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About 20 percent of the CATS bus fleet is hybrid diesel-electric buses like this one. More could be on the way.
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  The head of Charlotte Area Transit System told the City Council Monday he's stepping back from plans to buy diesel replacement buses this year and instead says he'll ask his board to approve buying diesel-electric hybrid buses. The change comes as the city debates how to meet a zero-carbon goal for city vehicles by 2030. 

Charlotte Sustainability Director Rob Phocas (left) was on stage with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in December for an announcement of Bloomberg's $2.5 million climate change donation. Phocas is leaving his job.
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Several top-level city staffers who oversee environmental policy in Charlotte are departing this month, at a time when City Hall is trying to focus on environmental issues.