June 16, 2011

BAE Systems launches HybriDrive website

BAE Systems launched a website to showcase its HybriDrive family of hybrid-electric products at www.hybridrive.com. HybriDrive offers energy-saving products to the transit bus, heavy-duty truck, light rail, maritime and operational energy markets.

The microsite offers a new look, simplified navigation and more comprehensive information on the complete family of HybriDrive vehicles and products. The new site will serve as a resource for those looking to decrease their operational costs and increase fuel savings while helping to keep the environment safe and clean.

“Hybridrive.com is a great resource for those businesses interested in decreasing their operational costs,” said Steve Trichka, GM, power and energy management, for BAE Systems. “At a time when fuel costs are rising and budgets are tighter than ever, BAE Systems offers economical, green alternatives to the transportation industry with our hybrid-electric propulsion systems.”

The HybriDrive series hybrid-electric system dramatically reduces emissions and increases fuel economy while meeting the durability requirements of demanding urban transit operations, according to the company. It consists of a generator, an electric motor and an energy storage system managed by computerized controls. A diesel engine turns the generator and operates independent of the electric drive motor, allowing it to run at the optimum engine speed for fuel efficiency.

Additionally, the system uses no mechanical transmission, a significant maintenance item on conventional diesel buses. Buses equipped with HybriDrive series have travelled more than 300 million miles, prevented over 280,000 tons of CO2 emissions and have saved over 25 million gallons of diesel fuel.

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