New Flyer, BAE Supplying Hybrid-Electric Systems for Transit Bus Fleet

New Flyer Industries has selected BAE Systems' HybriDrive propulsion system to power a fleet of new 60-foot, low-floor rapid transit buses for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, Calif.

New Flyer will provide up to 29 Xcelsior articulated hybrid buses for the agency, with an option for up to 20 additional units. BAE's HDS300 system, which is the newest addition to the HybriDrive platform, will be integrated into the buses.

‘The HDS300 system is derived from the same product line that powers 40-foot buses, so transit authorities can now benefit from the commonality of HybriDrive propulsion systems across all types of hybrid vehicles in their fleets,’ says Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of HybriDrive at BAE.

The development and production of these hybrid systems will take place at BAE's facility in Endicott, N.Y. The first delivery is scheduled for 2014.

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