We are proud that our HybriDrive propulsion system has reached this historic milestone, demonstrating market-leading fuel savings and reliability in some of the most demanding transit bus markets in the world," said Rob Lindsay, director of BAE Systems Transit Systems for Europe and Asia. "With significant numbers of HybriDrive-powered buses now delivered and operating in the UK, and the North American fleet continuing to grow, we look forward to quickly reaching the milestone of 500 million miles of green and clean revenue service," Lindsay added.
HybriDrive is the market leading 'series' hybrid propulsion system – proven to be the most efficient solution for the transit bus sector. A reliable and dependable system, HybriDrive powers buses of some of the leading manufacturers in the world. These include Daimler and New Flyer in the United States and Alexander Dennis and Irisbus Iveco in Europe. Deliveries to the European market are well underway, with significant fleets now operating across three UK cities with more being added by year end.
Throughout the 200 million miles of revenue service, HybriDrive has provided significant environmental benefits with the prevention of the release of more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 particulate. In addition, the buses are helping to clean up pollution of another kind as they offer quieter operation. These benefits combine with fuel consumption reductions of up to 40%*, which so far have exceeded savings of 10 million gallons of diesel.
* exact fuel savings depend on the duty cycle operated
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).