Management & Operations

BAE showcases new hybrid propulsion system

Posted on October 5, 2008

BAE Systems showcased its new and improved hybrid drive propulsion system at the APTA EXPO on Monday, Oct. 6. The "repackaged" Series system enables greater flexibility in installation, so that it can easily be adapted to multiple bus platforms. It can be installed either in a transverse configuration or in a line configuration giving OEMs flexibility and end users more product choices, according to Tom Webb, BAE's director of business development.

Additional features to the system include an integrated starter generator, which will enable the generator to start the vehicle. “This removes some components and some complexity in the standard propulsion package,” Webb said.

The enhanced system also introduces power electronics that will enable the electrification of vehicle accessories. "Transit buses consume a lot of power with the air conditioning, power steering, engine cooling and so forth," said Webb. "Those systems, which are largely driven by belts off the engine are noisy and add mechanical complexity." Driving these items electrically allows for a quieter more efficient vehicle, which uses less energey and reduces maintenance costs.

"It’s taking proven hybrid technology and moving it yet another step in the direction of total electrification of the vehicle," Webb said.

Increased fuel costs and concerns about the environment created a great opportunity for the company to invest in product improvements and take this product into new markets, he added.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Deadline extended for Innovative Solutions Award submissions

Applications can be submitted either by the operation or the solutions provider and will be judged by our BusCon Advisory Board, with winners and shortlisted submissions recognized at BusCon’s Award Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Calif.'s GCTD breaks ground on ops, maintenance facility

The new facility will replace an outdated and deteriorating bus garage located on a three-acre site that was originally built in the 1970’s for a much smaller fleet.

London most expensive city to commute to work via public transit

New York City comes in it at No. 4 at a cost of approximately $120 per month, with Chicago and San Francisco at $102.10 and $86.10 per month, respectively.

Late U2 concert leaves transit officials upset over costs

The Wednesday night concert, which didn't wrap up until 11 p.m., forced the Valley Transportation Authority to add 11 extra after-hours trains to accommodate concertgoers.

Video shows Metro Transit officer asking about immigration status

Metro Transit Police Chief Harrington said in a statement that it's not his agency's practice to inquire about immigration status and has asked for an internal investigation into the encounter.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close