First HybriDrive Series Powertrains for Artics Confirmed
BAE Systems is talking up the first application of its HybriDrive HDS300 series hybrid electric driveline in an articulated bus. Hybrid articulated buses in North America had previously been powered by Allison’s parallel offering.
“Now there are two choices,” says BAE HybriDrive business development director Tom Webb.
As previously reported (F&F, July 16), New Flyer Industries will provide as many as 29 vehicles – with an option for 20 more later – to VTA, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, Calif., BAE confirms.
Their “HDS300 system is derived from the same product line that powers 40-foot buses, so transit authorities can now benefit from the commonality of HybriDrive propulsion systems across all types of hybrid vehicles in their fleets, BAE HybriDrive VP and general manager Steve Trichka said in a release.
BAE’s HybriDrive line includes the HDS100 for Europe and the HDS200 for 30- to 40-foot North American bus fleets. The numbers approximate the drives’ horsepower ratings, says Webb.
First Delivery Next Year
“BAE Systems’ HDS300 HybriDrive system on our state-of-the-art Xcelsior articulated bus allows New Flyer and our customers to benefit from the proven experience of their HDS200 HybriDrive system and addresses the lower emission requirements in our contract with the VTA,” New Flyer executive sales and marketing VP Paul Smith says in the BAE announcement.
“Launching this technology in 2014 further validates our position as a technology leading integrator in our industry and adds yet another clean propulsion system option for our customers,” Smith said.
The BAE drives employ lithium ion batteries from A123. The articulated buses will have diesel-fueled 8.9-liter ISL engines from Cummins, Webb told F&F. The HDS300 drives will be built at BAE’s facility in Endicott, N.Y. with first delivery slated for 2014.
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up