Stuttgart, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America has received a contract for 500 Orion VII hybrid-electric buses from New York City transport services. New York City Transit has ordered 216 Orion VII hybrid-electric buses and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA Bus) 284 units. This is the largest order for hybrid buses in history.Orion, DaimlerChrysler’s North American city bus brand, will begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2006. This is the third hybrid order in New York City for Orion complementing the prior orders of 200 units and 125 units respectively. “I am both pleased and proud that Orion has established itself as the leading manufacturer of diesel electric hybrid buses,” said Andreas Renschler, the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management member responsible for the Commercial Vehicles Division. “This order further underlines our ongoing commitment, not only to the markets but to the environment, through our investments in alternate drive technologies and products.” DaimlerChrysler’s Commercial Vehicles Division has also developed hybrid drive systems for the light truck and van segments, as well as advanced diesel engines utilizing SCR (BlueTec) technology for its medium and heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses. Compared to standard diesel propulsion, the hybrid units will provide significantly better fuel economy while greatly reducing emissions: 90 percent less particulate matter, 40 percent less NOx, and 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases. Drivers will enjoy faster acceleration and customers will experience a quieter, smoother ride free of the frequent transmission shifts encountered in conventional buses.