New York Buys Hybrid-electric Buses

Order is for 200 hybrid-electric buses worth $77 million. Drive systems to be built by BAE Systems and bus by Orion Bus Industries of Oriskany, New York.

Published: 21-Dec-2000

NEW YORK, New York, December 20, 2000 (ENS) - New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved an order for 200 hybrid electric transit buses worth $77 million. The buses will be purchased from Orion Bus Industries in Oriskany, New York, and the propulsion units for the advanced design transit buses will be manufactured by BAE Systems in Johnson City, New York. "These buses will pay important health dividends by dramatically reducing bus emissions on the streets of New York, while helping provide good paying jobs upstate," said Governor George Pataki. "This order for 200 hybrid electric buses is the largest order of its kind in North America. As New York leads the way with clean buses, we are hopeful that other transit agencies will follow, creating additional bid opportunities for New York State suppliers. Built in New York, by New Yorkers, these state of the art vehicles will provide clean, efficient transportation for commuters who use the nation's largest transit system each day."

Orion Bus Industries is owned by Freightliner, LLC, a unit of Daimler Chrysler. BAE Systems has purchased the former Lockheed Martin facility in Johnson City. Rick Solon, president of Orion Bus, said, "The Orion VII hybrid electric transit bus is one of the most important new products to be introduced by our company. We appreciate Governor Pataki's support by placing this key order with Orion. We are committed to New York as a leading customer for our products and as the home for our U.S. manufacturing plant. We are working very hard to book additional orders for our Oriskany plant so that we can utilize our workforce in Oneida County to produce the finest and the cleanest transit vehicles in the world."

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