Post Content

  Catherine Cagle

Posted by Catherine Cagle, MassDOT Manager of Sustainable Transportation

Watch for MassDOT’s four newly retrofitted ‘plug-in hybrid’ Toyota Priuses on the roads of Western and Central Massachusetts. These vehicles are the pride of MassDOT Highway Districts 1 and 2, which are ”Leading by Example” with the GreenDOT ‘Plug-In hybrid Pilot’ project.  Low-carbon and renewable fuels and technology are important alternatives to gasoline that can offer a green benefit for the “triple bottom-line:” cost savings, environmental benefits, and quality of life improvements.
Toyota Prius Plug- In
Thanks to the Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Initiative executed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Leading by Example Program, the Highway Division’s four Toyota Priuses were transformed into “plug-in hybrids,” or “PHVs.” Using Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding, Leading by Example converted the MassDOT vehicles along with a number of hybrid vehicles from other state agencies .

PHV technology offers many benefits over a conventional hybrid, all-electric, or internal combustion engines, including lower fuel costs, convenient refueling, reductions in air pollution, and lower greenhouse gas emissions (assuming the vehicle is charged by an electric utility that has cleaner energy sources for generating electricity). 

These vehicles have the same electric engine and internal combustion engine found in a hybrid vehicle, but like an all-electric vehicle you can also just plug the car into a wall socket to charge.

Thanks to MassDOT Districts 1 and 2, which will be managing and monitoring the fleet.  In collaboration with DOER, they will also track key metrics to determine MassDOT’s  ‘triple green bottom line’ savings for the pilot. The results of this monitoring can better inform our operations and help us be a ‘greener’ DOT.  

Written By:

Recent Posts

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project Impacts: July 26 through August 11 posted on Apr 23

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project Impacts: July 26 through August 11

MassDOT today announced that it will conduct intensive construction operations to replace the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over 15 ½ days from Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, August 11, as part of the ongoing $110 million bridge placement project. These types of construction operations   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project Impacts: July 26 through August 11

MassDOT: Second Annual Holyoke-South Hadley Connecticut River Roll and Stroll posted on Apr 23

MassDOT: Second Annual Holyoke-South Hadley Connecticut River Roll and Stroll

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the second annual Connecticut River Roll and Stroll Street Festival will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018 marking the official kickoff of MassDOT-sponsored outdoor events this season aimed at promoting healthy transportation. The Connecticut River Roll and Stroll   …Continue Reading MassDOT: Second Annual Holyoke-South Hadley Connecticut River Roll and Stroll

MassDOT: Tobin Bridge Project Updated Impacts posted on Apr 20

MassDOT: Tobin Bridge Project Updated Impacts

MassDOT has announced an updated schedule for traffic impacts for the Tobin Bridge Repair project. The sequence of work and corresponding impacts have been updated to better accommodate and optimize travel throughout the region as MassDOT is carrying out several major infrastructure projects this construction   …Continue Reading MassDOT: Tobin Bridge Project Updated Impacts