Daimler gets orders for 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation hybrid transit buses

Daimler Buses North America has received orders totaling 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses from some of North America's largest transit authorities.

MTA New York City Transit has ordered 850 and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) 202 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses. These buses will be powered by BAE Systems' Hybrid Drive diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system and delivered into 2010.

With already 1,100 diesel-electric hybrid transit buses on the road, 460 pending deliveries, and the announced new orders of almost 1,052 units, Orion received more than 2,600 orders since the launch of the Orion hybrid bus in 2003.

This order will bring the MTA's diesel-electric hybrid bus fleet to almost 1,700 units, making it the largest diesel-electric hybrid fleet in the world. With this order, Orion transit buses will account for almost 50 percent of MTA New York City Transit's entire fleet.

OC Transpo has ordered 202 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses to be delivered by 2009. This delivery will make OC Transpo the third largest hybrid bus fleet in Canada.

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