Daimler Buses North America recently received orders for more than 300 transit buses, motorcoaches, and shuttle buses.

The biggest contract was awarded by the mass transit company King County Metro in Seattle, which ordered 93 of the extremely environmentally friendly Orion VII diesel-electric hybrid buses for delivery in 2010. Once the current order is completed, more than 2,500 Orion hybrid buses will be on the road in North America, further expanding Daimler Buses’ position as the world’s leading supplier of hybrid buses.

“We are pleased seeing repeat orders and also seeing new customers joining the Daimler family in our latest wave of bus orders,” says Patrick Scully, Chief Commercial Officer for Daimler Buses North America. “We provide a unique advantage for customers by providing a diverse, full-line product portfolio that allows customers to work with one, solid company.”

Another major contract was awarded by the globally operating transport company Veolia Transportation, which ordered 75 Orion VII clean diesel transit buses. Compass Transportation, a division of Veolia, ordered 30 Setra S 417 motorcoaches and 15 Sprinter shuttle buses. An additional 80 Orion diesel hybrid buses were ordered by OC Transpo, the urban transit service of the City of Ottawa, Ontario.

The more than 300 orders represent a variety of products, configurations, delivery timeframes, and customers. In addition to orders for Orion VII diesel hybrid buses and clean diesel buses, a contract was also awarded for five natural gas-powered Orion VII CNG transit buses, which will be delivered to CART (Cleveland Area Rapid Transit).

“Daimler remains committed to promoting clean drive technologies,” says Andreas Strecker, President and CEO of Daimler Buses North America. “These additional orders for the Orion VII diesel-electric hybrid bus further maintain Daimler’s position as the world’s hybrid bus leader — a position that we intend to retain through product excellence and continued innovative firsts.” The major contracts were awarded as part of Daimler’s “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative for commercial vehicles. With this initiative, the company aims to use clean and efficient drive systems along with alternative fuels in order to realize zero-emission commercial vehicles for tomorrow’s transportation needs. The initiative includes using resources sparingly and reducing emissions of every kind while at the same time guaranteeing maximum traffic safety.

Daimler Buses North America, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, is part of Daimler Buses and combines three bus brands under one corporate structure: Orion transit buses, Setra motorcoaches, and the Sprinter shuttle bus.

Source: Daimler AG