The NYCT reportedly moves some seven million passengers each day and has the world’s largest fleet of hybrid vehicles for local public transportation.
“This order represents the largest hybrid bus order in the history of our company,” said Richard Ferguson, President and CEO of DBNA. “Together with New York City Transit, we pioneered the hybrid bus and have proven it to be a viable option for city transit. We hope to continue this partnership with New York City Transit long into the future.”
In addition to New York, Orion hybrid buses are also currently operating in cities such as San Francisco, Houston, Toronto, and Ottawa.
“These buses have together logged nearly 100 million miles of passenger service while transporting half a billion passengers,” added Ferguson. “Their operation has reduced fuel consumption by 5 million gallons and CO2 emissions by about 50,000 tons.”
Orion’s diesel-electric hybrid buses are fitted with he brand’s HybriDrive system, which is manufactured by BAE Systems of Johnson City, NY. The system powers the bus with a 6.7-liter diesel engine, a generator, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion energy storage unit.
The diesel engine is optimized to run at relatively constant speeds. Acceleration and deceleration are accomplished by varying the speed of the electric motor rather than the diesel engine.