BAE Systems to Develop Prototype Hybrid Truck for FedEx Express

Hybrid electric truck will be propelled by a clean diesel engine mated to an integral generator and electric motor.

Published: 28-Feb-2002

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2002-- BAE SYSTEMS Controls will develop a prototype hybrid electric truck for FedEx Express as part of a project to select the delivery company's next standard configuration for delivery trucks.

The prototype, to be delivered in September, will be designed to dramatically increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. BAE SYSTEMS is applying its HybriDrive(TM) propulsion system -- proven in more than half a million miles of service on New York City buses -- to power the prototype.

The hybrid electric truck will be propelled by a clean diesel engine mated to an integral generator and electric motor that will allow the engine to operate cleaner and more efficiently than is possible with a conventional mechanical drive train. An on-board energy storage system managed by the propulsion system will provide reserve energy that will reduce transient power demands on the engine and enhance its efficiency and cleanliness. The truck also will employ a regenerative braking system to capture braking energy and recycle it for use by the propulsion system.

FedEx Express, the world's largest express transportation company, is working with the Alliance for Environmental Innovation to develop a delivery truck that will increase fuel efficiency by 50% and reduce emissions by 90%. The project also aims to demonstrate that environmental improvements to FedEx's current delivery vehicles are economically and functionally viable.

"FedEx is strongly committed to protecting the environment," said Mitch Jackson, director of Environmental Management for FedEx Express. "With our commitment to hybrid-electric vehicle purchases, this project will demonstrate that environmental benefit can go hand-in-hand with good business."

Said James Scanlon, BAE SYSTEMS Controls president: "BAE SYSTEMS has been developing hybrid propulsion systems for urban mass transit for the past several years, and we are pleased at the opportunity to apply our knowledge and experience to the delivery market."

MTA New York City transit currently operates a pilot fleet of 10 buses equipped with the HybriDrive(TM) propulsion system and has 325 production units currently on order. In more than 500,000 miles of revenue service, the buses have shown emissions levels much lower than conventional diesel units and on par with buses burning compressed natural gas.

Four other U.S. cities also are evaluating the technology, as is the U.S. military.

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