Toronto Readies Order for Diesel Hybrid-Electric Transit Buses

Mississauga-based Orion Bus Industries is leading contender for $110 million order involving 100-150 buses that offer 25-35% fuel savings and reduced pollution

Published: 21-Jan-2005

T face=Times>The Toronto Transit Commission is preparing to spend up to $110 million on one of the largest single hybrid-electric bus purchases in North America, part of the city's continuing efforts to "green" its fleets.

The leading contender for the business is Mississauga-based Orion Bus Industries Ltd., a division of DaimlerChrysler AG, which has reserved space on its assembly line in anticipation of a 100- to 150-bus order — a boon for the company's Mississauga factory and a sign of increased demand for hybrid transit.

"Any order like that will be in the top two or three (in North America)," said Mark Brager, vice-president of sales at Orion Bus. "We're seeing the fruits of our labours beginning to benefit our customers."

New York City, which operates North America's largest bus fleet, has 125 Orion hybrid buses already in service and 200 more being built. Seattle has the largest in-service hybrid fleet in the world, with 210 buses manufactured by Winnipeg-based New Flyer.

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