RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) – At least two Vermont businesses are joining the move to high-mileage vehicles by using hybrid trucks, both as a way to save money and protect the environment.

Casella Waste Management just purchased its first hybrid collection vehicle and the Central Vermont Public Service Corp. is using what it says is the first hybrid utility truck in New England.

Hybrids run on traditional fuel and electricity.

CVPS Fleet Manager Dan Mackey says the new hybrid bucket truck uses 60 percent less fuel and emits nearly 60 percent carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The hybrid truck costs $220,000, about 13 percent more than a traditional diesel truck. But Mackey says over the life of the truck it will save about 23 percent over a traditional truck.

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