Technology giants BAE Systems and Caterpillar have signed a 20-year agreement to collaborate on an energy efficient hybrid propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks.
Under terms of the partnership, BAE will integrate the Cat CX family of transmission systems into its HybriDrive parallel propulsion solution. In addition, the companies will establish an aftermarket field services model leveraging Caterpillar’s vast service network.
BAE said recent tests revealed that trucks powered by its HybriDrive technology experienced improvements in fuel economy by an average of 30 per cent.
Steve Trichka, general manager of HybriDrive Solutions for BAE Systems, said, ‘This agreement brings two industry leaders together to provide a product that will surpass marketplace expectations for cost, performance and support. Building upon our initial relationship to develop the parallel hybrid electric system, this supply agreement cements Caterpillar as a key supplier and partner on a system that will lower fuel and ownership costs and emissions for fleet owners.’
Jeff Pohl, hauling and OEM drivetrains product manager for Caterpillar, added, ‘Through this alliance, our transmission will become an integral part of BAE Systems’ new HybriDrive parallel system. Our driveline expertise, including planetary automatic transmission expertise, combined with BAE Systems’ proven hybrid technology, will result in a seamlessly integrated product that meets performance and efficiency demands of vehicles that operate in diverse duty cycles.’
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