Dec 20th, 2007 by RJ Menezes
Daimler is on a roll these days. The company has just announced their plans to bring the Smart brand to the States and now they have just revealed that they have received an order for over 1,000 of the company’s hybrid city buses.
The cities of New York and Ottowa have placed the orders to expand their already existing lines of public transportation. An order for 850 of its Orion VII Next Generation buses was placed by the MTA, the agency that oversees public transit in New York. 202 of the buses are for Ottawa’s public transit agency, OC Transpo. Both orders should be completed by 2010.
The Orion VII Next Generation bus is a revolution in the way buses run. It uses a hybrid powerplant engineered by BAE Systems. Called the HybriDrive system, it consists of a single electric motor that is powered by a diesel-driven generator and an energy storage unit. The bus is also equipped with regenerative braking, so it recharges it’s battery’s when coming to a halt.
This all adds up to very innovative thinking and some trick buses. But most importantly it’s a small step in the ongoing fight to make the world a healthier place to live.
Look for them in the New York and Ottawa metro area soon.