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Orion Bus and military contractor score Muni hybrid order

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  • 8/22 Orion/BAE press release
    Published Monday, August 22, 2005, as a BAE Systems/Orion Bus Industries/DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses press release San Francisco Municipal Railway Orders
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      Published Monday, August 22, 2005, as a BAE Systems/Orion Bus
      Industries/DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses press release

      San Francisco Municipal Railway Orders 56 Hybrid Electric Buses

      The San Francisco Municipal Railway has ordered 56 hybrid diesel
      electric buses from the DaimlerChrysler's transit bus brand Orion,
      with an option for 56 more units. The Orion VII diesel-electric
      40-foot buses, similar to a large and growing fleet of Orion hybrid
      buses in service in New York City, promise significant emissions
      reductions and fuel savings compared to standard diesel buses, and
      also outperform conventionally powered vehicles.

      Mississauga, Ontario-based Orion Bus Industries, along with partner
      BAE Systems, producer of the HybriDrive(R) series hybrid propulsion
      system, will deliver the Orion VII model buses in 2006. These buses,
      the first production hybrid diesel-electric units ordered by a
      California transit system, will be certified to standards for diesel
      electric hybrid buses recently adopted by the California Air Resources
      Board (CARB).

      The order also is the fourth largest ever for hybrid buses. MTA New
      York City Transit, which is assembling the world's largest hybrid
      fleet, with 325 units, also uses the Orion VII model. This spring,
      the Toronto Transit Commission placed an order for 150 buses of the
      same configuration.

      "Hybrid electric drive provides an outstanding combination of improved
      efficiency, reduced emissions, and improved performance," said Stuart
      Sunshine, San Francisco Muni general manager. "We are proud to be the
      first transit agency in California to commit to this promising
      technology, and we look forward to incorporating the hybrids into our

      Compared to standard diesel propulsion, the hybrid units will provide
      25 percent to 35 percent 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

      At the heart of the Orion VII hybrid bus is the HybriDrive(R)
      propulsion system provided by BAE Systems. The system propels the bus
      with a single electric motor that is powered by a diesel-driven
      generator. A Cummins ISB 5.9-liter high-efficiency engine drives a
      generator that provides power to a single electric motor, which turns
      the drive wheels. The generator also charges an energy storage unit
      that provides additional power for high-demand situations, such as
      fast starts and hill climbs.

      "The Cummins ISB engine is renowned for its durability, performance,
      and fuel efficiency, attributes that are vital to transit bus
      operators," Roe East, Cummins Worldwide Bus Business general manager.
      "These engines have performed exceptionally in more than 4 million
      miles of revenue service on Orion buses in New York City, and it's a
      privilege to have been selected to equip the hybrid buses bound for
      San Francisco."

      The engine in a series hybrid bus is optimized to run at relatively
      constant speeds for maximum efficiency and clean operation. Cummins
      and BAE Systems currently are working to certify the engine and
      propulsion system combination to the stringent CARB standard.

      "Orion is proud to provide the latest and most efficient clean-vehicle
      technology to San Francisco MUNI and to the people of the Bay Area,"
      said Mark Brager, Orion's vice president of sales. "Series hybrid
      offers the best available combination of fuel savings and emissions
      reductions, and also reduces maintenance costs by extending brake life
      and eliminating the transmission."

      The absence of a mechanical transmission means no transmission
      overhauls -- a major maintenance item on conventional buses. Another
      feature of the Orion VII hybrid is a regenerative braking system that
      uses the drive motor to slow the bus, effectively turning the motor
      into a generator to help recharge the energy storage system. This
      feature saves energy and significantly reduces brake wear.

      "Our hybrid propulsion technology combines cleaner emissions and
      reduced fuel consumption," said Hank McGlynn, vice president of Power
      Systems for BAE Systems. "This is a powerful combination for transit
      agencies seeking to both reduce fleet emissions and combat the
      escalating cost of diesel fuel."

      Orion, a brand of DaimlerChrysler operates production facilities in
      Greensboro, N.C.; Oriskany, N.Y.; and Mississauga, Ontario.
      DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America produces and markets a
      wide range of commercial bus and coach products under the Orion,
      Setra, and Dodge Sprinter brands and is a unit of DaimlerChrysler, the
      world's leading manufacturer of buses and coaches for Class 6 and
      higher, with more than 32,000 chassis and complete buses produced
      annually for revenue of more than $4.3 billion.

      BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development,
      delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the
      air, on land, at sea, and in space. The company designs,
      manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface
      ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and
      guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage
      stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of
      innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent
      defense systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five
      continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company employs
      nearly 100,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately $25
      billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.


      BAE Systems
      Larry Stone, 607-770-3944
      607-759-2545 (mobile)

      Orion Bus Industries
      Mark Brager, 905-403-7806

      DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses
      Bryan C. Allen, 336-878-5437

      [BATN: See also
      http://www.sfmuni.com/cms/brd/mta/MTAJune302005agenda.htm ]
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