BAE Systems will offer a lithium-ion energy storage unit from A123Systems with its next-generation HybriDrive propulsion system for hybrid electric buses.
The HybriDrive propulsion system is available on the DaimlerChrysler Orion VII hybrid transit bus. More than 1,000 buses with HybriDrive propulsion system are in service or on order. The next-generation HybriDrive system featuring lithium-ion energy storage will be available for commercial buses beginning in 2008.
The BAE deal marks the first announced commercial application of A123Systems Li-ion technology in series production hybrid vehicles. A123Systems is currently working with GM and other automakers on battery packs for future hybrid (earlier post) and plug-in hybrid (earlier post) vehicles.