A Freightliner M2 fitted with a HybriDrive Parallel brand hybrid electric powertrain by BAE Systems is entering trials with Bates Troy Healthcare Linens of Binghamton, N.Y.
“The opportunity to work with a local company with a sterling record of green initiatives such as Bates Troy, for our mutual benefit, is very enticing and makes absolute sense,” BAE power and energy management programs director Mike Mekhiche said in a release. (BAE’s HybriDrive headquarters is in immediately adjacent Johnson City.)
BAE gave word of its parallel drive for trucks last year and earlier this year reported its choice of an off-the-shelf CX-series Caterpillar transmission to cuts cost and increase flexibility – and allow use of the new parallel hybrid drive in more vehicle types.
More Power, More Choices
The drive boasts three times the power and torque of competing parallel products, BAE says. Both 70- and 110-kilowatt (94 and 148 horsepower) versions are available. The HybriDrive Parallel drive was demonstrated in Freightliner, Kenworth and Crane Carrier vehicles at the recent HTUF 2011 show in Baltimore.
More than 3,700 buses with series HybriDrive system have logged more than 300 million miles of revenue service, saving more than 25 million gallons of diesel fuel, BAE says.