From London to Paris, and even Hong Kong, our company’s global fleet of series electric drive propulsion systems are operating on buses in major Metropolitan cities, decreasing harmful emissions and noise pollution. Now, our systems are making their way to Belgium.
As part of our recent agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. of Poland to offer our electric drive systems on their hybrid buses, we’ve now expanded into Belgium, as Solaris – one of the leading bus manufacturers in Europe – has secured an order for more than 200 hybrid buses from Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport, the primary bus operator in Wallonia, Belgium. These buses will not only be the first Solaris buses to include our hybrid systems for propulsion, but also the first buses to use our newest energy storage system, the ESS-3G-1K. The ESS-3G-1K system uses ultracapacitor technology which is known to be reliable, highly efficient, and power dense reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) with its long design life.
“The successful integration of our product onto Solaris test buses has yielded the first of what we hope are many more orders into the European market using this new energy storage system,” said Ian Wilson, Global Business Development director for BAE Systems.
Our hybrid solutions’ energy storage system not only stores system-generated power but it also recaptures the bus operator’s braking energy for even greater efficiency. Then, only the stored energy is drawn upon to power the motor used for vehicle propulsion and to drive all other bus accessories, like air compressors, power steering, etc. This design allows operators to drive a bus on all-electric power since the motor drives the wheels using stored energy.
For Solaris, this order is its biggest success in Belgium and our technology played a key role in the selection. The hybrid buses will be used by two bus operators: TEC Hainaut and TEC Liege-Verviers.
We look forward to growing our business along with Solaris Bus & Coach and providing clean-air solutions that benefit Belgium as well as its communities and surrounding area. Currently, more than one billion passengers have travelled on one of the 7,000 buses powered by BAE Systems’ efficient, hybrid propulsion system and have saved 15 million gallons of fuel while eliminating 160,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Learn more about our hybrid and electric propulsion systems.