BAE Systems unveils next-generation electric bus propulsion system

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New battery electric system will help operators decrease emissions while increasing traveling distance before a charge

BAE Systems has unveiled its next-generation full battery electric power and propulsion system for buses.

The Series-EV system builds on BAE’s experience developing and integrating electric-hybrid propulsion systems, but eliminates the need for a combustion engine to drive the bus. Instead, it uses electric motors, controls and batteries to create a clean and emission-free mode of public transportation, says BAE.

“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,” said Steve Trichka, Vice President and General Manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “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.”

BAE claims the Series-EV system uses fewer, lighter, and more compact components to make it easy to install and reduce the need for future maintenance.