BAE Systems unveils next-gen electric propulsion system for buses

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BAE Systems unveiled its next-generation battery-electric power and propulsion system for transit buses.

The technology adds to the company’s 20-plus years of experience developing and integrating electric-hybrid propulsion systems and accessories for transit buses. The Series-EV system builds on that core technology but eliminates the need for a combustion engine to drive the bus. Instead, it uses electric motors, controls, and batteries to create a clean and emission-free mode of public transportation.

The Series-EV system also uses fewer, lighter, and more compact components to make it easy to install and reduce the need for future maintenance. The system’s light weight and reduced number of connections help to make the most of its power and paves the way for buses to travel longer distances on a single charge. As part of this unique design, it also allows operators to customize based on their propulsion or accessory power requirements. Larger buses would require more traction power and the addition of air conditioning on the bus would increase the accessory power needed.

BAE Systems has more than 10,000 electric-hybrid systems in service around the globe including major cities such as Paris, London, New York, and San Francisco.