New York City Transit selects BAE Systems to provide electric hybrid propulsion systems for transit buses

June 24, 2020
The systems will help reduce fuel consumption and transportation emissions.

New York City Transit has selected BAE Systems to supply 435 electric hybrid power and propulsion systems for its new fleet of transit buses, helping reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption.

“We are committed to collaborating with New York as it strives to reduce transportation emissions and improve air quality in the communities across the state,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our Series-E system provides transit operators with a highly reliable, flexible option that brings our state one step closer to a zero-emission future.”

BAE Systems says the Series-E systems will be produced at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Endicott, which provides more than 1,300 high-tech jobs in the state.

The Series-E system combines motors, energy storage and smart controls to create a clean form of electric drive power for buses and their accessories such as air conditioning, air compressors, cooling systems, heat, power steering and doors. The system features the company’s power-dense ultracapacitor technology, which provides efficient and reliable energy storage for the life of the bus. With fully electrified accessories, each bus can also support engine stop/start technology for idle reduction. This feature allows the bus engine to turn off at stops, while the accessories on board continue to operate on electric power.