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Photos: Green buses for San Francisco

The Orion VII looks pretty much like a regular bus, but it uses a hybrid diesel engine for better mileage and a quieter ride.

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Andreas Renschler, Gavin Newsom

Andreas Renschler (left), a member of the board of DaimlerChrysler, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (center) stand in front of the California city's first Orion VII hybrid diesel bus.

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Orion VII interior

The inside of the Orion VII hybrid diesel bus looks pretty much like that of a regular bus, though it has somewhat fewer seats and makes far less noise. San Francisco plans to put dozens of the Orion VIIs on the streets by next year.

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Sprinter van

The Sprinter, a plug-in hybrid delivery vehicle built by DaimlerChrysler. The company hasn't committed to mass-producing these, but it is conducting tests in California. Plug-ins get far better gas mileage, especially below 40 miles per hour, than regular cars and even other hybrids because they mostly run on electricity.

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