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BAE Systems Touts Boston ‘Bendies:’ 90?

September 23, 2016 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

44 Articulated Buses with HDS300 Driveline, Options for 46 More,
BAE Notes Availability of Its HybriDrive on Artics by Nova Bus Too

New Flyer is commencing deliveries of 44 of its 60-foot Xcelsior buses to the MBTA/Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority in Boston, reports series hybrid electric driveline supplier BAE Systems.

BAE Systems offers its HybriDrive propulsion systems for both straight buses and articulated vehicles.

BAE Systems offers its HybriDrive propulsion systems for both straight buses and articulated vehicles.

With an option for 46 additional vehicles making for a possible 90 units, the so-called “bendy” buses with HDS300 HybriDrive powertrains represent BAE’s largest single articulated bus order to date, the company says.

“This system is capable of powering a bus of up to 63,000 pounds, easily climbing steep hills and sustaining speeds of up to 65 miles per hour,” states a BAE blog post.

Quebec’s ATUQ Taking Hybrid Artics Too

“We began offering the HDS300 system for North American articulated buses with New Flyer in 2013 and are powering 60-foot transit buses in cities such as Santa Clara, Honolulu, San Francisco, Seattle, and now Boston,” said BAE global transit sales and service director Bob Lamanna.

“We expect the number of BAE Systems-powered articulated buses to grow as our customer Nova Bus begins to produce 60-foot buses with our HDS300 propulsion system,” he said.

BAE-drive 'bendy' bus for the Boston 'T'

BAE-drive ‘bendy’ bus for the Boston ‘T’

Also according to the BAE blog post, “Transit member agencies as part of the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) have 31 systems on order from Nova Bus for 2016, 15 in 2017 and Nova Bus mentioned they are seeing interest from other transit agencies now that they are offering BAE Systems’ propulsion.”

Boston’s “T,” meanwhile, is deploying CNG/compressed natural gas-fueled New Flyer buses too (F&F, October 25, 2015).

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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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