BAE Systems to drive ENC zero-emission transit buses

17 October 2022

ENC’s Axess Battery Electric Bus (EVO-BE) and Axess Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus (EVO-FC) will integrate BAE Systems’ Gen3 power inverters and electric motors. (Photo: BAE Systems)

Heavy-duty electric propulsion provider BAE Systems has signed a long-term supply agreement with ElDorado National (California, or ENC, a subsidiary of REV Group, to supply its Gen3 product line solutions to power ENC’s next-generation battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell transit buses. ENC’s Axess Battery Electric Bus (EVO-BE) and Axess Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus (EVO-FC) will integrate the Gen3 power inverters and electric motors for a common structural powertrain across both platforms.

According to BAE Systems, its Modular Power Control System (MPCS) and Modular Accessory Power System (MAPS) provide the flexibility to enable ENC to use a common electric drive propulsion and accessory power management solution across both transit bus offerings.

In addition to the Gen3 Hardware, the EVO-FC will feature a ProGen 125 kW hydrogen fuel cell (500 to 750 V output voltage range) from Plug Power.

“We’re excited to collaborate with BAE Systems and provide our 125 kW hydrogen fuel cell for their integrated electric drive system,” said Jose Luis Crespo, general manager, Fuel Cell Applications/Global Accounts at Plug. “Our proven ProGen fuel cells deliver the benefits of green hydrogen with a highly reliable zero-emission solution. Plug is working with BAE Systems to bring our technology into sustainable transit bus fleets.”

The Axess EVO-BE will integrate with a battery system supplied by vehicle electrification specialist Proterra Powered.


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