ACT Expo 2018


120 BAE HybriDrive Buses for Seattle

October 5, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

King County Order Is the Largest Ever for the Series Product
As HybriDrive System ‘Powers a Bus Completely Electrically’

BAE Systems is talking up selection of its HybriDrive Series-E electric drivelines to power 120 New Flyer Xcelsior buses for King County Metro Transit in Seattle. “This is the largest order to date of the HybriDrive Series-E propulsion system, which enables electric drive modes to eliminate emissions from the vehicle and to reduce engine idling,” BAE said.

The order for HybriDrive Series-E drivelines to power 120 buses New Flyer Xcelsior buses for King County Metro Transit in Seattle represents the largest order to date of the propulsion system, says manufacturer BAE Systems.

The order for HybriDrive Series-E drivelines to power 120 buses New Flyer Xcelsior buses for King County Metro Transit in Seattle represents the largest order to date of the propulsion system, says manufacturer BAE Systems.

The new hybrid buses are part of a larger King County order that could amount to as many as 381 vehicles (F&F, February 12).

“HybriDrive Series-E is categorized as hybrid drive system, but the fact is, it powers a bus completely electrically,” Steve Trichka, VP and GM of HybriDrive Solutions for BAE, said in a release. “Power from the on-board generator is either stored in the batteries or drawn to run the electric traction motor and the drive train.

Path to the All-Electric

“The technology provides our customers with a path to an all-electric vehicle,” Trichka said.

HybriDrive Series-E can advance transit agencies toward all-electric buses, BAE says, “making silent operation of the vehicle possible and challenging fuel alternatives like diesel and compressed natural gas with its clean, efficient functions.

BAE's MTS, for HybriDrive modular traction system

BAE’s MTS, for HybriDrive modular traction system

“The electric drive not only reduces noise in and around bus stops, but it represents a greater impact on environmental sustainability for the communities in which it operates,”

BAE notes that its HybriDrive Series driveline powers nearly 4,000 buses worldwide today and, as such, “is the most successful series system in operation.”

Buses with the BAE drive have travelled more than 600 million miles, the company says, saved more than 38 million gallons of diesel fuel, and prevented more than 520,000 tons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere.

Deliveries Next Year

According to Kevin Desmond, general manager of King County Metro Transit. “The buses will be delivered with advanced electrically controlled programming that turns the engine off at bus stops and depots. In addition,” he says in the BAE release, “the vehicles will have all electrically driven components that use the vehicle’s electric energy instead of power from the diesel engine,” Desmond says in the BAE release.

BAE will build the hybrid drives for the Seattle buses in Endicott, N.Y. The first customer delivery is slated for 2014.


-------------------------------
Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a subscription.

BAE Systems, VP Steve Trichka, 607-770-2732; [email protected]

BAE Systems, Tom Webb, 413-253-2564; [email protected]; www.hybridrive.com

King County Metro, Steve Policar, 206-477-5878; [email protected]; metro.kingcounty.gov

New Flyer, Ross Watson, 623-455-8360; [email protected]www.newflyer.com


-------------------------------
Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a subscription.

Source: BAE Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Share
Posted in Electric Drive and tagged , , .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Archives