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BAE Systems announces that it is providing more than 500 electric drive systems for Ontario ZEBs

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This follows an order of 165 additional Series-ER (Electric Range) systems for nearby Mississauga Transit (MiWay).

BAE Systems to provide more than 500 electric drive systems for Ontario bus fleets

TORONTO and ENDICOTT — BAE Systems, a company involved in electric propulsion, has been selected by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to provide more than 335 electric drive systems for its new fleet of zero-emission capable hybrid transit buses. This follows an order of 165 additional Series-ER (Electric Range) systems for nearby Mississauga Transit (MiWay), supplying Ontario transit agencies with technology to reduce fuel use and enable infrastructure-free zero emissions operations across its fleets.

BAE Systems’ Series-ER system offers zero emission capabilities to assist a transit agency’s transition to a full zero-emission operation. Series-ER features components that reportedly use advanced materials and a lightweight, compact design to increase electrical efficiency. The Ontario fleet orders extend the footprint of the company’s technology to more than 15,000 transit buses worldwide.

“We are continuing to support TTC and MiWay with clean technology that advances our shared commitment to sustainable transportation,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our electric drive system provides transit agencies with a reliable, efficient, and innovative solution for fleets to continue on the path to zero emissions.”

The Series-ER system includes an electric motor, onboard energy storage, and smart controls to create an integrated electric propulsion and accessory power system for the buses. In addition, the buses will reportedly feature BAE Systems’ engine stop and start function and geofencing technology, allowing an electric-hybrid bus to automatically switch to electric bus mode when entering designated green zones.


BAE Systems has a background in developing and fielding electric propulsion systems and accessories for transit buses. The company’s Series-ER technology is being presented by the company as a core part of their system, helping transit agencies bridge the gap to zero emissions.

The production and service support for the Series-ER systems will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, N.Y.


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