Solectria to Provide AVS With Bus Drive Systems

November 19, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

Solectria Corporation (Wilmington, MA ) announced today that it has signed an agreement for the second phase of a long-term contract. Worth $1.2 million dollars, Solectria has been selected to provide electric and hybrid-electric bus drive systems to Advanced Vehicle Systems (AVS, Chattanooga, TN).

This contract phase covers motors, motor controllers, dc/dc converters, and other electric vehicle components for a total of 85 AVS 22 foot shuttle buses. With this agreement in place, more than 170 electric and hybrid-electric buses powered by Solectria components will be on the road throughout the US, Latin America and Asia by April 2002.

"Electric and hybrid buses are now a viable choice for cities and towns seeking a clean, quiet, reliable, and efficient transportation option," stated Karl Thidemann, Solectria's director of marketing.

The Solectria drive systems being produced for AVS under this contract will be installed on both battery-electric shuttle buses and on hybrid-electric shuttle buses featuring a microturbine produced by Capstone Turbine Corp. (Chatsworth, CA) as the on-board energy generator.