Hybrid Buses in Asia-Pacific Powered by Capstone Microturbines
The Canterbury firm that gave Christchurch its popular yellow electric shuttle bus is working on a double-decker model. Ashburton-based Designline is shaping up as a world leader in hybrid vehicle development. After completing the first phase of trials - running three inner-city free shuttles in Christchurch - it is now working on a larger design suitable for normal bus routes.
Designline has been working on an electric hybrid bus for the past five years but success came with a technology breakthrough, with the research work helped by funding from Technology New Zealand, part of the Foundation for Research, Science, and Technology.
The company adopted the newly introduced turbine from Fletcher Energy's Capstone company and combined it with a new and more efficient battery management system to provide the electric power.
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