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Orion hybrid bus passes New York reliability test

Posted on May 9, 2003

The Orion VII hybrid-electric bus has completed reliability tests at MTA New York City Transit, clearing the way for deliveries of 325 buses to begin this year. Equipped with BAE system's HybriDrive(TM) propulsion system, the Orion VII is a low-floor, high-capacity transit bus designed to help transit operators achieve significantly lower emissions, higher fuel economy, reduced brake maintenance and better acceleration. The hybrid passed the rigorous structural and in-service qualification tests New York City requires before buses are qualified for service. The tests, considered to be the toughest in the transit industry, involved operating the bus every day for 21 hours a day on a route through the Bronx.

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