Toronto Transit Commission Picks BAE Electric Systems for Hybrid Buses


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has selected Electric propulsion company BAE Systems to provide 335 electric drive systems for its new fleet of zero-emission-capable hybrid transit buses.

This follows an order of 165 additional Series-ER (Electric Range) systems for nearby Mississauga Transit (MiWay), supplying Ontario transit agencies with next-generation technology to reduce fuel use and enable infrastructure-free zero emissions operations across its fleets.

BAE Systems’ Series-ER system offers zero-emission capabilities to assist a transit agency’s transition to a full zero-emission operation. The Ontario fleet orders extend the footprint of the company’s technology to more than 15,000 transit buses worldwide.

“We are continuing to support TTC and MiWay with clean technology that advances our shared commitment to sustainable transportation,” states Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of power and propulsion solutions at BAE Systems. “Our electric drive system provides transit agencies with a reliable, efficient, and innovative solution for fleets to continue on the path to zero emissions.”

The Series-ER system includes an electric motor, onboard energy storage and smart controls to create a clean, integrated electric propulsion and accessory power system for the buses. In addition, the buses will feature BAE Systems’ engine stop/start function and geofencing technology, allowing an electric-hybrid bus to automatically switch to full electric bus mode when entering designated green zones. The system uses advanced energy recovery and an onboard charger to further deliver zero-emissions operation without the need for grid-connected charging.

The production and service support for the Series-ER systems will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, N.Y.

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