In the USA, heavy-duty electric propulsion specialist BAE Systems is to provide Californian company ElDorado National (ENC) with its Gen3 product line solutions. These solutions are to drive ENC’s next-generation battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell transit buses.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has selected BAE Systems to supply up to 340 hybrid electric drive systems for its new fleet of low emission transit buses. BAE Systems will provide 220 electric drive systems to New Flyer of America, with an option for 120 additional systems, over the next three years.
US vehicle supplier Meritor announced its 14Xe ePowertrain is now available and will be in production this month. A number of first customers for the new electric drive system have already been found. Additionally, a collaboration has been signed with BAE Systems.
BAE Systems has won the contract to supply the propulsion system for a new generation of superyachts from yacht builder Southern Wind. The first yacht with the propulsion system is to be named SW96 Nyumba.
BAE Systems is collaborating with Plug Power to offer hydrogen-based electric propulsion systems for transit bus fleet operators in North America. The two companies will offer transit operators in North America an all-inclusive, scalable system to reach zero emissions, providing required site, vehicle, and service solutions.
The Scottish bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has signed a framework agreement with Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) for the delivery of up to 600 double-decker hybrid buses. NTA expects the first 100 of the diesel-electric buses in Dublin in autumn 2020.
The electric aircraft start-up Wright Electric has started to develop the electric propulsion system for a 186-seat electric aircraft called Wright 1. Specifically, this involves a 1.5 MW electric motor and a 3-kilovolt inverter.
The Scottish bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, which was recently taken over by North America’s largest bus manufacturer NFI Group, is expanding its range to include a double-decker with hybrid drive. The basis is the Enviro400EV, which is also on the road in London as a fully electric bus.
Nova Bus has been selected by Quebec to supply most of their hybrid and electric buses. For Nova Bus it is their largest order of the kind to date. It includes 497 hybrid buses and up to 1,028 vehicles on option that will go to the province’s 9 largest cities.
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BAE Systems have delivered the first 39 hybrid double-deck buses to operator Go-Ahead London. Using ultra-capacitors for range extension, their hybrid buses are the first of a fleet that is to grow to a total of 65 in the British capital.
Navya plans U.S. Production: The French manufacturer wants to erect an assembly facility for autonomous EVs in Michigan. It is there the first 20 units of its electric shuttle Arma shall come off the lines this year. Navya has worked together with the University of Michigan in order to test the Arma model in its simulated city dubbed Mcity since 2016, hence its decision to produce outside Europe. greencarcongress.com, mlive.com, navya.tech
Aston Martin’s Valkyrie: The hybrid super sports car by Aston Martin and Red Bull may deliver 1,130 hp, according to unconfirmed information. 1,000 hp however come from a V12 engine, the rest is contributed electrically. As reported, the battery system will be supplied by Rimac, the drive control by Bosch. The edition is limited to 150 regular units and 25 additional racing vehicles. carscoops.com, roadandtrack.com
Hydrogen decoded: Scientists of the Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (Empa) managed to decode the movement of H2 ions in crystals. Their results could help to choose more suitable materials for fuel cells and H2 storage in the future. empa.ch
UK based BAE Systems teams up with QinetiQ as both seek to equip combat vehicles with electric mobility systems. The aim is to improve the vehicles’ fuel efficiency and to decrease their life-cycle costs. While BAE is an expert in the field of defence tech, QinetiQ contributes its electric drive expertise. baesystems.com
Petrol-free Scotland: Transport in Scotland may be free from fossil fuel cars by 2050. The government set new climate and energy targets, which include traffic. More than half a billion pounds will go to energy efficiency measures for the next 12 months in a bid to combat fuel poverty. Emissions shall be cut by 50 percent by 2020 as Scotland looks to cover its entire energy needs by renewables then. energylivenews.com
1m USD for EV marketing: Drive Oregon will receive almost 1m dollar in funding from the DoE over three years. The advocacy group will set up an EV showroom right across from the Electric Avenue in Portland. Apart from test rides, Drive Oregon will also travel the state for EV showcases. greencarreports.com
Powering electric buses: BAE Systems found a new client in Solaris. The Polish firm agreed to use BAE’s hybrid electric drive in its vehicles and is the 7th bus maker joining the club, says BAE. businesswire.com
Hybrid truck to travel north: Norwegian TINE has ordered a hybrid Nikola One truck. As the hybrid vehicle is only set for the U.S. launch later this year, Norway will have to wait two to three years for delivery. TINE aims to decrease its emissions by 75 percent in 2020. dairyreporter.com