Driving Forward: BAE Systems’ HybriDrive Series Technology to Power New Articulated Buses

  Driving Forward: BAE Systems’ HybriDrive Series Technology to Power New
  Articulated Buses

Business Wire

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- August 27, 2013

New Flyer Industries has selected BAE Systems’ HybriDrive® propulsion system
to power a fleet of new 60-foot, low-floor rapid transit buses for the Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, California. New Flyer
Industries will provide up to 29 articulated hybrid buses for the transit
agency, with an option for up to 20 additional buses at a later date.
Articulated buses are comprised of a single-deck design with two rigid
sections linked by a pivoting joint, allowing for higher passenger capacity.

“Santa Clara’s new articulated buses will be equipped with our HDS300 system,”
said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of HybriDrive Solutions
at BAE Systems. “The 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.”

The HDS300 articulated bus solution, which powers 60-foot transit buses, is
the newest addition to the HybriDrive Solutions product line. The HybriDrive
family of products also includes the HDS100 European lightweight bus model and
the HDS200 for 30- to 40-foot North American bus fleets. Allowing transit
authorities the commonality of using HybriDrive propulsion systems across all
the buses in their fleets will reduce inventory and maintenance costs,
providing more options for customers. For additional fuel and maintenance
savings, the HybriDrive family of propulsion systems enables all bus
accessories, such as air conditioning, power steering, and more, to run
electrically.

BAE Systems’ HybriDrive Series propulsion system powers nearly 4,000 buses
worldwide today and is the most successful series system in operation. Buses
equipped with the HybriDrive series propulsion system have travelled more than
600 million miles, prevented more than 520,000 tons of CO[2] emissions, and
saved more than 38 million gallons of diesel fuel.

“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,” said Paul Smith, executive vice
president of sales and marketing at New Flyer of America Inc. “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.”

The development and production of these hybrid propulsion systems will be
conducted at BAE Systems’ Endicott, New York facility, with the first delivery
scheduled for 2014.

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Shelby Cohen
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