Seattle Transit Agency Drives Down Electric Path with BAE Systems’
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- October 2, 2013
King County Metro Transit in Seattle, Washington has selected BAE Systems’
HybriDrive® Series-E electric drive system to power 120 New Flyer Xcelsior™
buses. This is the largest order to date of the HybriDrive Series-E propulsion
system, which enables electric drive modes to eliminate emissions from the
vehicle and to reduce engine idling.
HybriDrive Series-E can advance transit agencies toward all-electric buses,
making silent operation of the vehicle possible and challenging fuel
alternatives like diesel and compressed natural gas with its clean, efficient
functions. The electric drive not only reduces noise in and around bus stops,
but it represents a greater impact on environmental sustainability for the
communities in which it operates.
“HybriDrive Series-E is categorized as hybrid drive system, but the fact is,
it powers a bus completely electrically,” said Steve Trichka, vice president
and general manager of HybriDrive Solutions for BAE Systems. “Power from the
on-board generator is either stored in the batteries or drawn to run the
electric traction motor and the drive train. The technology provides our
customers with a path to an all-electric vehicle. ”
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 system have travelled more than 600 million
miles, prevented more than 520,000 tons of CO2 emissions, and saved more than
38 million gallons of diesel fuel.
“With these new buses, King County takes another step towards improving the
environmental sustainability of our region,” said Kevin Desmond, general
manager of King County Metro Transit. “The buses will be delivered with
advanced electrically controlled programming that turns the engine off at bus
stops and depots. In addition, the vehicles will have all electrically driven
components that use the vehicle’s electric energy instead of power from the
The development and production of these hybrid propulsion systems will be
conducted at BAE Systems’ Endicott, New York facility, with the first customer
delivery scheduled for 2014.
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