BAE’s First HybriDrive Series Electric Placement with Nova Bus
BAE Systems will supply its second-generation HybriDrive Series-E Propulsion drivelines for 475 low-floor buses by Volvo-Nova Bus for Canada’s ATUQ, the Association du transport urbain du Quebec consortium of nine area transit agencies. The order includes an option for approximately 1,200 additional vehicles.
BAE will deliver its HDS200 drive for 40-foot Nova LFS HEV vehicles for ATUQ, and its HDS300 for 60-foot articulated buses. Also in negotiation is use of one of four all-electric modes, says BAE VP and HybriDrive GM Steve Trichka. BAE uses lithium ion batteries from A123 Systems.
“We are pleased to be working with Nova Bus for the first time, which expands our original equipment manufacturer platform base in the North American market,” Trichka says in a release. BAE had been a longtime supplier of hybrid drives to the now defunct Orion bus unit of Daimler and more recently supplies New Flyer. BAE hybrids are in service Toronto, Ottawa and Mississauga, he told F&F.
ATUQ serves Montréal, Québec, Lévis, Laval, Longueuil, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, and Sherbrooke.
“One important part of Nova Bus’ vision is to be a leader in green efficiency and electro-mobility,” Volvo Buses Americas business region president Stefan Tilk said in his company’s ATUQ announcement. “We believe that lower-emissions buses help meet urban challenges such as congestion and improve quality of life,” Tilk said.
More Than 4,000 HybriDrive Buses Worldwide
BAE says that the Nova LFS HEV offers approximately 30% lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared with conventional diesel-powered buses, BAE says. Development and production of the hybrid propulsion systems will be conducted at a new, 100,000-square-foot facility in Endicott, N.Y.
BAE has upwards of 4,000 of its drives in transit service worldwide, and they have logged more than 600 million miles. Most are in North America, but BAE also supplies Alexander Dennis in the UK and Iveco in continental Europe. “Roughly half of overall series sales are in Europe right now, Trichka says.
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