Interest in Daimler AG's diesel-electric hybrid buses is strong, the company announced this week. Over one thousand (1,052 to be exact) orders for the Orion VII hybrid buses have been placed, and Daimler says it will have these orders filled by 2010. Since the Orion hybrid bus was launched in 2003, Daimler says, over 2,600 orders have been placed.
We all know that city buses transport people through some of the most densely populated areas on the planet, so reducing some of the emissions that come from stop-and-go driving and idling is hugely important. Biodiesel does a good job of lowering emissions, but hybrid technology goes a long way as well. Daimler says that:

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. (more after the jump)

Most of the Orion hybrids use lithium-ion batteries and capture some energy through regenerative breaking.

Just two municipalities are responsible for the big order:
MTA New York City Transit has ordered 850 and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) wants 202. Once Daimler delivers all these buses, MTA will have almost 1,700 diesel-electric hybrid buses, which Daimler says will be the largest diesel-electric hybrid fleet in the world.

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Daimler Announces Orders for 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses

* Daimler expands its leadership position in the field of hybrid buses

* New York City with a fleet of almost 1,600 Orion hybrid buses by 2010

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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' Hybri Drive(R) 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 over 2,600 orders since the launch of the Orion hybrid bus in 2003.

"Daimler focuses on shaping the future of transportation through initiatives for greater fuel economy and lower emissions in commercial vehicles," said Andreas Renschler, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Daimler Trucks Division. "In North America, where public-private partnerships create the right conditions, hybrid buses have proven to be an ideal solution for modern urban city transportation. With the orders announced today, we have again proven our leadership and responsibility in this field."

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.

The Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses from Daimler are powered by BAE Systems' HybriDrive(R) propulsion system. This series hybrid system is driven by a single electric motor that is powered by a diesel-driven generator and an energy storage unit.

A majority of the deliveries previously mentioned will incorporate lithium-ion battery energy storage technology. The clean-diesel engine is smaller than that used in conventional buses and runs at nearly constant speed for clean operation and optimum efficiency.

To further boost efficiency, the vehicle has a "regenerative braking" system that uses the drive motor to slow the bus, effectively turning the motor into a generator that produces additional current to charge the energy storage system. The feature also reduces brake wear, reducing the need for brake maintenance.

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.

"Orion has solidified itself as the leading manufacturer of diesel-electric hybrid transit buses in North America," said Dr. Andreas Strecker, President and CEO of Daimler Buses North America. "As a manufacturer, employer and corporate citizen, it gives us great satisfaction to contribute to energy efficiency and emissions reductions in cities and communities. Further, we are extremely pleased with the new orders and the confidence our customers have in our products and our company. We look forward to delivering these new buses in the coming months."

Daimler Buses North America, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C. (United States), is a company of the Daimler AG. It combines three trusted commercial bus brands under one corporate structure: Orion transit buses, Setra motorcoaches, and the Dodge Sprinter shuttle bus.

Backed by the advanced technological expertise and financial strength of its parent Daimler AG, the global leader in commercial vehicles, Daimler Buses North America provides the commercial bus market with a powerful combination of product knowledge, resources, and service/support systems.

Further information and a photo of the Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit bus are available at www.media.daimler.com


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