The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii has selected BAE Systems’ HybriDrive Series-E propulsion system to power four New Flyer Xcelsior® 60-foot, low-floor rapid transit buses. The system enables all bus accessories, such as air conditioning, power steering, and more, to run electrically — advancing transit agencies toward all-electric buses by making silent operation of the vehicle possible and challenging fuel alternatives like diesel and compressed natural gas with its clean, efficient functions.
“Honolulu’s new buses will be equipped with Series-E electric drive, which not only reduces noise in and around bus stops, but represents a greater impact on environmental sustainability for the communities in which it operates,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of HybriDrive Solutions at BAE Systems. “Because of these features, Honolulu riders will enjoy reduced noise at stops, while the Honolulu transit authority can take advantage of electric drive modes to eliminate emissions and reduce engine idling.”
New Flyer of America Inc. will provide the four articulated buses, equipped with BAE Systems’ hybrid propulsion system, to the DTS of the City and County of Honolulu. Articulated buses are comprised of a single-deck design with two rigid sections linked by a pivoting joint, allowing for higher passenger capacity.
In addition to the company’s hybrid solution for articulated buses, or HDS300, BAE Systems also offers 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 types of buses in their fleets will reduce inventory and maintenance costs, providing more options for customers.