UQM Technologies Generators Drive HEV Buses at LAX

January 18, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

UQM Technologies Inc. announced that two low-floor, hybrid-electric transit buses manufactured by Hybrid Bus Technologies LLC (Denver, CO) have been delivered to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and will be placed in service to transport passengers within the airport. The hybrid-electric transit buses are each powered by two 100 kW UQM® propulsion systems and a 100 kW UQM® generator.

The hybrid-electric transit buses are powered by a compressed natural-gas-fueled 2.5 L Ford industrial engine that operates at 2,000 rpm to generate electricity and power the bus. The electric propulsion system features regenerative braking used to recharge the battery pack. Each 45 ft transit bus features a low floor design with no interior steps, and can transport over 100 passengers.

"We are extremely pleased that Hybrid Bus Technologies has chosen UQM® propulsion systems and generators to power its transit buses for LAX," said UQM Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer William Rankin. "The potential deployment of additional vehicles powered by UQM® hardware at LAX and other North American transit system operators is a significant opportunity for our company."