ViriCiti and BAE Systems have developed a new system that enables fleet operators with Series-ER (Electric Range) electric hybrid systems on transit buses to automatically switch the engine on or off in predefined geo-fenced areas.
BAE Systems’ Series-ER all-electric mode is accessible to operators via ViriCiti’s online platform, where new GPS geo-fenced areas can be defined and edited in a matter of seconds, without the need of a third party.
With ViriCiti’s cloud-based solution, as soon as a bus enters a geo-fenced area, a signal is sent to the engine to automatically switch off. Once the bus exits the area, the engine will automatically turn back on.
In addition to reducing air pollution in densely populated areas or near bus stops, the new functionality will also help the Series-ER reduce noise pollution, improve fuel mileage, and increase ‘engine-off’ time.
Currently, BAE Systems estimates that there are more than 1,000 buses that run on its Series-ER electric hybrid power and propulsion systems.
“Series ER technology helps cities around the world get one step closer to full zero emission operation,” says Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager, power and propulsion solutions at BAE Systems. “Our collaboration with ViriCiti provides another option for public transit agencies to pair with our Series-ER system to reduce emissions and improve the air quality in the areas where people live, work and visit.”
Freek Dielissen, ViriCiti CEO adds: “Our intuitive web interface makes it easy for any operator to create their own EV-only areas without the help of any 3rd party. Due to the fact that ViriCiti automated the all-electric mode adaption, we expect that buses will drive more electric kilometres than before.”