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Daimler gets order for 1,052 hybrid powered buses from New York City, Ottawa

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Daimler AG said Monday that it has received orders from New York City and Ottawa for a total of 1,052 diesel-electric hybrid-powered buses.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based Daimler Buses North America received an order for 850 of its Orion VII Next Generation buses from MTA, the agency that oversees public transit in New York.

It also got an order for 202 of the buses from Ottawa's public transit agency, OC Transpo, Daimler said.

The Canadian order is scheduled to be complete by 2009. The New York order will be completed by 2010 and will bring the number of Orions in service there to almost 1,700.

So far, the company has produced 1,100 diesel-electric hybrid buses. Another 460 are awaiting delivery.

The Orion VII is powered by BAE Systems' HybriDrive system, which is driven by a single electric motor that is powered by a diesel-driven generator and an energy storage unit.

It also has regenerative braking, meaning the drive motor is used to slow the bus, effectively turning that motor into a generator that produces more power to charge the energy storage system.

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