This puts the current Australian trend of trialling one or two hybrid buses here and there into perspective.
Daimler Buses North America has received orders for 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses from two of North America’s largest transit authorities.
MTA New York City Transit and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) have both ordered large numbers of the BAE Systems’ HybriDrive® diesel-electric hybrid propulsion powered buses for delivery into 2010.
- MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will take delivery of 850 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses by early 2010. 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 brand transit buses will account for almost 50-percent of MTA New York City Transit’s entire fleet.
- OC Transpo has ordered up to 202 Orion VII Next Generation hybrid diesel-electric hybrid transit buses to be delivered by 2010. This delivery will make OC Transpo the third largest hybrid bus fleet in Canada.
Compared to standard diesel propulsion, these hybrid buses deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy while greatly reducing emissions: 90 percent less particulate matter, 40 percent less NOx and 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases. Drivers and riders enjoy a quieter, cleaner and smoother ride.