Hybrids coast to coast

Shown speaking at the launch of a test of four diesel-electric hybrid buses at the Bee Line Bus terminal in Valhalla, NY, last month is Sen. Hilary Clinton (NY-D). The Orion buses were assembled at a DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses plant in Oriskany, NY, using power-trains supplied by a BAE Systems plant in Johnson City, NY, as well as emission-control devices from Corning, NY-based Corning. According

Shown speaking at the launch of a test of four diesel-electric “series” hybrid buses at the Bee Line Bus terminal in Valhalla, NY, last month is Sen. Hilary Clinton (NY-D). The Orion buses were assembled at a DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses plant in Oriskany, NY, using power-trains supplied by a BAE Systems plant in Johnson City, NY, as well as emission-control devices from Corning, NY-based Corning.

According to DaimlerChrysler, its Orion VII diesel-electric bus boosts fuel economy by 30% while reducing emissions — up to 90% less particulate matter, 40% less nitrogen oxide and 25% less greenhouse gases compared to current diesel models. Being a “series” hybrid means a single electric motor — powered by a Cummins ISB 5.9-liter engine — turns the drive wheels. This differs from a more conventional “parallel” hybrid that has a diesel engine turn the drive wheels while an electric motor assists.

The Westchester delivery follows the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority's acceptance of the first of 56 of the same Orion hybrid model on June 1.
www.dcbusna.com and www.baesystems.com

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