Enova Hybrid Drive Systems for New Line of Commercial Buses Include Plug-In Option
30 October 2006
The Enova hybrid drive systems provided for IC Corporation’s new line of hybrid commercial buses (earlier post) will be available with either a charge-depleting (i.e., plug-in hybrid) or charge-sustaining battery technology. The technologies are expected to improve fuel economy up to 100%.
Enova is offering the same range of battery technology for the new line of hybrid school buses from IC Corporation as well. (Earlier post.)
The Enova 80 kW Post-Transmission System to be used is one in which the electric drive system is integrated behind the transmission and is designed to be installed either as a fully integrated drop-in to an OEM production line or retrofitted in post-vehicle production in a modular, as-needed basis.
The bus market in which IC Corporation plans to compete is approximately 18,000 units annually. The market can be broken into 2 primary segments: public and private. There is an estimated 60/40 split in favor of the public buyers. It is now estimated that 30% of the buses purchased for public transit are some form of hybrid/alternate fuel vehicles and analysts project this number to grow significantly over the next 5 years.
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