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BAE Systems to provide electric-drive systems for Toronto’s newest battery-electric buses

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. — BAE Systems, which specializes in heavy-duty electric propulsion systems, will supply up to 541 Gen3 electric power and propulsion systems for the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) new fleet of battery-electric buses.

The systems will allow the TTC buses to run “free of emissions,” BAE Systems said in its announcement.

BAE Systems’ electric-propulsion technology has been operating in TTC buses since 2006. The company’s Gen3 product builds on the components and technology that has powered more than 1,000 hybrid-electric buses in Toronto

An image of a battery-electric bus that’s part of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) fleet. BAE Systems, which has a location in Endicott, says it will supply up to 541 Gen3 electric power and propulsion systems for the new TTC buses. (Photo credit: BAE Systems)

.The system will advance the TTC’s goal of transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet by 2040, BAE Systems noted.

“Delivering leading-edge technology to help Toronto realize its green transit initiatives is a shared vision for BAE Systems and the TTC,” Bob Lamanna, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems, said. “The TTC has consistently embraced sustainable transportation, and our systems will help make our vision a reality through reliable, efficient operation.”

BAE Systems’ Gen3 system includes an electric motor and power electronics to create a “clean, integrated” power-management product for the buses. Gen3 uses advanced materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) to increase power density and electrical efficiency, allowing buses to travel longer distances on a single charge. Its compact design allows for reduced size and weight to “deliver best-in-class reliability and performance,” BAE Systems said.

 

About BAE Systems

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of UK–based BAE Systems plc, a global defense, security, and aerospace company. Its website says the firm employs nearly 90,000 people globally. That figure includes more than 1,300 employees in Endicott, per a company spokesman.