BAE Systems has taken the lead along with several partners to build a fuel cell bus that blends energy from a fuel cell and electric power, providing a zero-emissions vehicle with improved fuel economy.
BAE Systems is combining our unique expertise in maritime defense solutions and hybrid electric technology to provide the industry with a hybrid propulsion system for ships and boats as well as operational energy.
Hybrid energy bus fleets have been implemented in over 30 U.S. states, 3 Canadian provinces, and 6 European countries and are now proving their worth in Asia too. With over 650 million miles driven and 50 million gallons of fuel saved, this technology is here to stay.
With over 50 million gallons of fuel saved over 650 million miles of global operation, you can tell that hybrid power is one of the most efficient technologies in use. Hybrid electric systems can match or exceed the reliability of conventional diesel systems. So far, hybrid electric systems worldwide have reduced C02 emissions by approximately 600,000 tons, providing for a healthier tomorrow through green power.
Industrial hybrid solutions for buses have a lower operation and maintenance cost than legacy drive options.
This chart demonstrates the lifecycle cost of our industrial hybrid electric systems compared to diesel.
A comprehensive test conducted at the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center in Pennsylvania showed that in some cases HybriDrive® buses achieved almost double the MPG of equivalent conventional diesel buses.
Besides drastically lowering carbon emissions, hybrid electric buses also greatly reduce noise pollution. On average, hybrid buses produce 30% less carbon emissions and are almost as quiet as passenger cars.
With the removal of the engine and generator, the series architecture is fully adaptable to technologies such as fuel cells, plug-in or pure battery power to enable sustained zero-emission operation. BAE Systems HybriDrive® systems can already operate in engine off modes, and we are actively pursuing the path to a future zero emission electric vehicle through our participation in a number of fuel cell and plug-in hybrid programs.