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With all the gospel manufacturers like to pass on about them being the "leader" in hybrid buses or "we've sold this much of them" and so on I thought it would be interesting to document a complete listing and total of hybrid buses sold by each manufacturer as these claims and sales figures change day by day. In my lists I only included vehicles currently in operation or on firm orders (not "options" that most manufacturers seem to use to exaggerate most of their sales figures) and did not include demonstrator buses. I also want to have a list of hybrid systems sold per their original manufacturers (BAE, Allison, etc.)

I'm also only looking for buses that came originally manufactured as such, not converted later on etc. etc.

Here is the start of a list I have compiled using various sources such as rosters, manufacturer press releases, city reports, etc.

Orion/Daimler Buses North America (BAE Systems)

New York City - 1,685

Toronto - 694

Houston - 276

Ottawa - 177

Seattle - 93

San Fransisco - 86

Port Authority NY/NJ - 41

San Juan, Puerto Rico - 40

Mississauga - 15

Binghampton, New York - 10

California Hybrid Project (San Fransisco, Torrance, Fresno) - 6

Ulster County, New York - 6

Roosevelt Island, New York - 6

Westchester County, New York - 4

Dutchess County, New York - 2

Boston - 2

Edmonton - 2

Des Moines - 1

Total: 2,516 (BAE Systems)

New Flyer (GM Allison, ISE noted)

Seattle - 352

Philadelphia - 351

Washington - 253

Chicago - 228 (10 ISE)

Baltimore - 194

Albuquerque - 106

Honolulu - 99

Sound Transit - 46

Brampton - 41

Houston - 40

Vancouver - 38

Las Vegas -38

CT Transit - 33

Hamilton - 30

Community Transit - 30

San Antonio - 27

Boston - 25

Cleveland - 21

St. Catharines - 19

Broward County - 19

Miami - 19

Windsor - 24

Lane Transit District - 11

San Juan - 10

Saskatoon - 8

Golden Gate Transit - 7

Lansing - 7

Aspen, Colorado - 6

BC Transit - 6

Edmonton - 4 (2 ISE)

Austin - 3

Grand Forks, North Dakota - 2

Total: 2,043 (2,028 GM/Allison, 12 ISE)

Nova Bus (GM Allison, ISE where noted)

Coast Mountain Bus - 141

Strathcona - 10

Montreal - 8

Grand River Transit - 6

Brantford - 5

Banff - 4

New Jersey - 3 (RTS ISE)

New York - 2 (RTS)

SURF - 2

Gatineau - 2

Quebec City - 1

Total: 179 (176 GM Allison, 3 ISE)

NABI (GM Allison)

Westchester - 95

Broward County - 48

Las Vegas - 30

Chapel Hill - 6

Nashville - 6

LYNX - 2

Total: 192 (GM Allison)

Gillig (GM Allison, Voith where noted)

Minneapolis-St. Paul - 97

Albany - 71

Minneapolis-St. Paul - 64

Buffalo - 43

Montgomery County - 35

Pittsburgh - 30

Ann Arbor - 27

Hampton Roads - 27

Durham - 20

Delaware (statewide) - 19

Rockland - 16

Missoula - 14

Clark County - 12

Ames - 12 (Voith)

Dayton - 10

Winston-Salem - 10

Contra Costa - 9 (Voith

Fairfax - 9

Lafayette - 9

Orlando - 9

Syracuse - 9

Lynchburg - 8

Fort Wayne - 7

Olympia - 6

Berks Area/Reading - 5

Madison - 5

Suffolk County - 5

Fort Wright - 4

Kansas City - 4

Tampa - 3

West Palm Beach - 3

Eureka - 2

Merrimack Valley - 2

New Bedford - 2

Reno - 2

Trinidad/Scotia - 2

Vail - 2

Charlotte - 1

Duluth - 1

Livermore Amador Valley - 1

Springfield - 1

Total: 476 (466 GM Allison, 21 Voith)

Motor Coach Industries (GM Allison)

Houston - 122

New Jersey - 4

Total: 126 (GM Allison)

Designline (Turbine)

Baltimore - 20

New York - 4

Total: 24

Totals by hybrid system

GM/Allison: 2,990

BAE: 2,516

Designline: 24

Voith: 21

ISE: 15

This is just a start for now and will start adding other manufacturers and agencies (contributions welcome)

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Torrance Transit has 1, had 2 Orion VI with BAE HybriDrive. They're Diesel -- one caught fire, the other just sits in the yard with only 30K miles on it -- Great place to have lunch, hah!

Anyway, what about gasoline-electric?

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Add 5 Nova LFS hybrids to Brantford Transit.

Weren't there some RTS hybrids as well?

There were RTS hybrids. New Jersey Transit had 2 or 3 Nova/ ISE hybrids.

There were also at least 1 RTS hybrid operated by New York MTA. I think there actually might have been 5... I have the info somewhere, but have to run for now.

These 2 groups of buses were perhaps more so experimental buses.

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Based on the wiki, here is what I have so far for Gillig/Allison hybrid:

Albany - 71

Minneapolis-St. Paul - 64

Buffalo - 43

Montgomery County (MD) - 35

Pittsburgh - 30

Ann Arbor - 27

Hampton Roads - 27

Durham - 20

Delaware (statewide) - 19

Rockland - 16

Missoula - 14

Clark County (WA) - 12

Dayton - 10

Winston-Salem - 10

Fairfax - 9

Lafayette - 9

Orlando - 9

Syracuse - 9

Lynchburg - 8

Fort Wayne - 7

Olympia - 6

Berks Area/Reading - 5

Madison - 5

Suffolk County - 5

Fort Wright - 4

Kansas City - 4

Tampa - 3

West Palm Beach - 3

Eureka - 2

Merrimack Valley - 2

New Bedford - 2

Reno - 2

Trinidad/Scotia - 2

Vail - 2

Charlotte - 1

Duluth - 1

Livermore Amador Valley - 1

Springfield (MA) - 1

Quantity unknown:

Lowell

San Joaquin

Santa Barbara

Solano/Contra Costa County

Spokane

Steamboat Springs

Total is 433, not including those of an unknown quantity. Please feel free to give some corrections.

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DesignLine currently has 20 turbine hybrid buses in operation in Baltimore, 4 in New York, and an unknown number in operation for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. These would definitely warrant their own category.

There were also at least 1 RTS hybrid operated by New York MTA. I think there actually might have been 5... I have the info somewhere, but have to run for now.

I believe that there were at least 2 of them -- the demo bus was numbered 9900, and there was at least one other bus numbered in the 6000 series.

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DesignLine currently has 20 turbine hybrid buses in operation in Baltimore, 4 in New York, and an unknown number in operation for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. These would definitely warrant their own category.

I believe that there were at least 2 of them -- the demo bus was numbered 9900, and there was at least one other bus numbered in the 6000 series.

9900 was the first completely built hybrid, IINM

8397 was converted from a methanol-powered bus to a GM diesel-electric demonstrator

6360 was the first of 5 2000 model RTS hybrids that were to have been built, 2 were built (6360, 6361), but only 6360 made it to New York AND in passenger service.

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CyRide has 12 Gillig Voith hybrids. Contra Costa County has 9 Gillig Voith hybrids. Rockland County is to receive 9 MCI Allison hybrids. An of course, GO has 2 MCI Allison hybrids.

Do you know which type of Voith hybrids? From what I recall they were offering both series and parallel.

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Minneapolis St. Paul Metro Transit actually has 97 Gillig Hybrids:

7100-7102 - 2002 models

7110-7128 - 2007 models

7140-7184 - 2008 models (45 of 75 in an order)

7200-72xx - 2010 models (up to 30 more of an order).

If I'm not mistaken the 2002 models are also the first hybrids ever delivered to a TA for non-testing purposes. Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.

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Do you know which type of Voith hybrids? From what I recall they were offering both series and parallel.

The ones in the Gillig buses are parallel. The serial ElvoDrive from Voith does not appear to be an option on Gillig buses yet.

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7100-7102 - 2002 models

If I'm not mistaken the 2002 models are also the first hybrids ever delivered to a TA for non-testing purposes. Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.

Perhaps. Tri-met also purchased 3 hybrids from New Flyer in 2002. Not sure who technically came first between those two though.

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