Allison Transmission says it has produced its 5,000th H 40/50 EP system, a hybrid vehicle platform designed for city-wide transit buses and city-to-city coaches.
The company notes that fleet operators in Norway and Germany have increased the number of Allison hybrid buses in their inventories, with the addition of articulated Solaris Urbino 18 buses. Allison also says every North American original equipment bus manufacturer and five international bus producers offer the H 40/50 EP system.
Allison is currently developing another family of hybrid products, the first of which is the H 3000. This new hybrid, which is targeted for trucks and other medium-duty commercial applications, will begin production in 2013. The second member of this product platform, the H 4000, is expected to be available in 2014.