BAE Systems to provide 500+ electric drives for Ontario buses

BAE Systems’ Series-ER electric drive system will provide a clean, integrated electric propulsion and accessory power system for the province’s transit buses. (Photo: BAE Systems)

Leading electric propulsion provider BAE Systems has been selected by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to supply more than 335 Series-ER (Electric Range) drive systems for the TTC’s new zero-emissions capable hybrid transit bus fleet. The selection comes on the heels of a separate order to supply 165 of the electric drive systems to nearby Mississauga Transit (MiWay).

According to BAE Systems, the Series-ER includes next-generation components that use advanced materials and a lightweight, compact design to increase electrical efficiency. The system’s electric motor, onboard energy storage and smart controls will combine to create “a clean, integrated electric propulsion and accessory power system for the buses.”

In addition, BAE Systems’ engine stop and start function and geofencing technology will allow an electric-hybrid bus to automatically switch to full electric bus mode when entering designated green zones, the company reports. Advanced energy recovery and an onboard charger further deliver zero-emissions operation without the need for grid-connected charging.

In announcing the orders, Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems, indicated the company’s continued support of TTC and MiWay with clean technology that advances the organizations’ shared commitment to sustainable transportation. “Our electric drive system provides transit agencies with a reliable, efficient and innovative solution for fleets to continue on the path to zero emissions,” he added.

Production and service support for the electric drive systems will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, N.Y.

With these latest fleet orders, BAE Systems’ technology footprint is extended to more than 15,000 transit buses worldwide.

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