Orion Bus Industries 'Orion VI'

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Orion VI
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Years of manufacture 1995 to 2004
Length 40 feet
Width 102 inches
Propulsion Diesel, CNG, Diesel-Electric Hybrid
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The Orion Bus Industries Orion VI (model 06.501) is a fully low floor transit bus. Unlike the later Orion VII, the Orion VI was intended to have no step in the back. The full low floor allowed for easier access and an exit door to be placed at the very rear or centre. The downside to the full low floor design was the rear wheel space became unused. Later models were built with a step up to the rear and centre exit door, which increased seating capacity.

Development began in the early 1990s, and a prototype was first produced in 1993. The Government of Ontario, who owned the bus manufacturer at the time, desired an accessible low-floor bus to be made within the province and sold within the province. The Orion VI was one of the first fully low floor buses built for the North American bus market.

Contents

Specifications

Engine

Transmission

Hybrid system

HVAC

  • Thermo King

Axles

  • ZF
  • Meritor

Operators

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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1993 3 door
1995 Cummins B5.9 General Electric
hybrid system
  • NY State Consortium hybrid bus prototype
  • 3 door, tandem rear axles with single powered wheels, NiCd batteries
10 1995 Cummins L10G Allison B400R
2000 1995 2B1669K76S5040004 Cummins L10G Allison B400R
1996 2B1669K7XT5040007 Cummins L10G Allison B400R 3 door
Orion Bus Industries 6001-a.jpg 1997 2B1669N71V5060001 Detroit Diesel Series 30 Lockheed Martin HybriDrive
hybrid system
3 door
1997 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
Milton Transit 0805-a.JPG 1999 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Bought by MTB then sold to Milton Transit in 2008


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