BAE Systems announced a new battery electric power and propulsion system this week specifically made for transit buses as a means of reducing emissions and increasing travel distance.
“Many cities are striving to get to zero emissions with their bus fleets, and we are committed to supporting them with all-electric solutions that meet their needs and exceed their expectations,” Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems, said. “Our Series-EV system provides operators with a highly reliable and low-cost battery electric option that not only gives them more flexibility and capability but allows them to completely eliminate emissions on their bus fleets.”
The Series-EV system builds on BAE’s core technology, eliminating the need for a combustion engine to drive buses. Instead, it implements electric motors, controls, and batteries to make a cleaner experience, complete with fewer, lighter, and more compact components. This, BAE notes, eases the installation process, and reduces the need for future maintenance.
This latest evolution is customizable, lighter weight, and reduces the number of connections needed to utilize its power. This, BAE says, increases the distance buses can travel before needing a charge.