Allison Transmission’s eGen Flex electric hybrid propulsion solution is being put into service at New York City Transit this month (May). The electric hybrid system from Allison offers fully electric propulsion for up to 10 miles, depending on duty cycle and accessory load demands. This option will be set automatically through geofencing technology for zero emission zones and passenger depots for a quieter and cleaner environment.
Allison says its eGen Flex system is capable of improving fuel economy by up to 25 per cent compared to a conventional diesel bus and has the ability to operate accessories such as air -conditioning and electric heat at optimal efficiency with clean electric power. Moving these accessories to electric power reduces the strain on the engine, reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs over the vehicle’s lifetime.
“Our electric hybrid systems continue to demonstrate bottom-line operating benefits for municipalities and fleets while delivering industry-leading performance, reliability and durability,” says Rohan Barua, vice president of sales, North America, Allison Transmission. “There are currently 2,500 NYCT buses equipped with Allison transmissions and electric hybrid propulsion solutions, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with the authority as it transitions to our latest technology that will reduce emissions, increase fuel economy and improve the overall ease of rideability and quality of life for passengers.”
As the largest public transportation agency in North America, the New York City Transit authority currently operates more than 5,700 buses.