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March 02, 2005

Hybrid Bus Fleets Grow in New York City, L.A., and Indianapolis

A growing number of hybrid buses are now in service throughout the United States, and New York City's fleet of hybrid buses is poised to lead the world. On February 28th, Orion Bus Industries finished delivering an order for 125 hybrid buses to New York City's transit agency, and by the end of this year, Orion will deliver another 200 hybrid buses, creating the world's largest fleet of hybrid buses. The buses use the HybriDrive diesel-electric propulsion system from BAE Systems. See the BAE Systems press release.

New hybrid buses were also delivered recently to Los Angeles, California, and Indianapolis, Indiana. The Los Angeles International Airport is the new proud owner of two hybrid-electric buses that run on compressed natural gas. Hybrid Bus Technologies, LLC manufactured the buses using a hybrid propulsion system from UQM Technologies, Inc. Meanwhile, the public transit agency in Indianapolis received its first two hybrid buses in January and placed them in service last month. The buses use the hybrid propulsion system developed by General Motors Corporation (GM). See the press releases from UQM Technologies and GM.