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BAE Systems and Cummins Collaborate on Hybrid Diesel Engine for Transit Market

by Anna

BAE Systems and Cummins have unveiled a new partnership aimed at developing and certifying a hybrid-compatible diesel engine and hybrid electric drivetrain for the transit market. This collaboration is set to culminate in the launch of the product in 2027.

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Under this agreement, BAE Systems will contribute its electric drive hardware to interface with the engine, creating a comprehensive hybrid electric drivetrain solution. Additionally, BAE Systems will offer engineering support and system integration expertise to ensure seamless operation.

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This collaboration marks a continuation of a long-standing partnership between BAE and Cummins, who have been jointly developing hybrid electric solutions for buses since 1994.

Hybrid electric buses equipped with this technology simplify workforce development by providing training opportunities on high-voltage systems, all without requiring significant investment in charging infrastructure.

Moreover, the hybrid buses featuring BAE Systems’ electric drive systems offer enhanced zero-emission capabilities. This includes advanced engine start-stop functionality and geofencing technology, enabling hybrid buses to automatically switch to full electric mode when entering designated green zones.

BAE’s electric propulsion technology is developed and serviced at its facilities in Endicott, New York, and Rochester, U.K., ensuring the highest standards of quality and reliability.

The introduction of this hybrid electric solution will provide transit agencies with a proven, cost-effective technology that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions, contributing to a more sustainable public transit system.

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