BAE Systems has entered into a partnership with Crane Carrier Company one of America’s market leaders in RCV’s, or refuse collection vehicles (garbage trucks). HybriDrive powered vehicles from Crane Carrier Company could hit the market by the end of 2012.
The HybriDrive parallel system can be installed with little impact to the vehicle and enhances thrust through an optimized amalgamation of internal combustion power and electric power. The HybriDrive parallel system is based on a single electric machine integrated between the engine and the transmission and adds power in the range of 95 – 145 hp and 300 – 400 lb-ft. The system is designed to support large-bore heavy-duty power plants ranging from 350 hp to 600 hp, with associated torque ratings of 750 to 2,150 lb-ft .
So what does this mean? It means that rather than going back to the drawing board in researching and building an electric powered construction vehicle that can actually do the heavy work; existing, proven, and functional technology can be worked with and improved on to reduce fuel consumption while maintaining proven performance standards without work slowdown. Coupled with recent advancements in running RCV’s on landfill gas, we could see some really green savings from this hybrid tech.
City buses equipped with the BAE Systems’ HybriDrive series system have been in action since 1998. These HybriDrive series system buses have travelled more than 300 million miles and transported more than two million passengers per day in cities across the UK and North America. HybriDrive series system powered buses are in operation today in London, Manchester, Oxford, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Ottawa, Houston, and Seattle.
Overall this is a step in the right direction—a piece of the puzzle that not only promotes the use and widespread adoption of such hybrid technology, but lays the groundwork that will eventually result in functional fully electric run heavy duty vehicles. More promising would be the application of such technology, en masse, to the hundreds of thousands of tractor trailers traversing America’s roads. Even just a mild bump in mpg’s can result in thousands of gallons of fuel saved per vehicle.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.