BAE Systems, Caterpillar Putting HybriDrive In Heavy-Duty Trucks

BAE Systems and Caterpillar Inc. have signed a 20-year supply agreement whereby BAE will integrate Cat CX transmissions into its HybriDrive parallel propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks.

The parallel hybrid-electric system, the latest addition to BAE's HybriDrive suite, uses technology that is currently deployed in more than 3,800 transit buses globally. The platform will integrate with big-bore and heavy-duty diesel engines and be suitable for vehicles from 19,500 to 80,000 lbs. total gross vehicle weight, such as refuse collection, construction, delivery and utility trucks. BAE says the system improves fuel economy by an average of 30%.

‘This supply agreement cements Caterpillar as a key supplier and partner on a system that will lower fuel and ownership costs and emissions for fleet owners,’ comments Steve Trichka, general manager of HybriDrive Solutions for BAE.

For BAE, the agreement secures a consistent supply of transmissions from Caterpillar, a long-term production pricing schedule, a warranty agreement and field-service support that leverages Caterpillar's global network. The parallel system is in the final stages of development and is expected to be deployed in global markets early next year, the company adds.

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