|The new hybrid shuttles will use the HD Senator bus body, shown here in a conventional application.|
Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the production of hybrid shuttle buses with StarTrans, a business division of Supreme Corporation and one of North America’s leading commercial bus manufacturers.
Under the proposed terms of the MOU, Azure will provide StarTrans with a hybrid cab-chassis—a derivative of Azure’s series-hybrid chassis (earlier post) integrated with a newly developed cab—on which StarTrans will assemble their shuttle bus body.
StarTrans intends to utilize its HD Senator Series model line of shuttle buses.
The current series-hybrid chassis—as applied in Azure’s Citibus shuttle bus line— uses a 4.8-liter gasoline-fueled GM Vortec engine as the genset combined with a 110 kW induction motor and a NiMH battery pack. The shuttle has a top speed of 65 mph, and an all-electric range of 1.5 miles.
Azure’s systems have demonstrated nearly a 50% reduction in fuel consumption on a mile per gallon basis in city driving, compared to conventional chassis. Azure’s hybrid chassis also significantly reduces vehicular emissions, achieving reductions in hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions of up to 83%, 91% and 53% respectively.
Azure and StarTrans plan to jointly market the hybrid shuttle bus via the StarTrans dealer and distributor network.