London’s Iconic Red Double-Decker Bus Goes Hybrid

By dancurranjr On May 22nd, 2009

london-busAround 20 hybrid-electric drive buses have entered service on routes around London and are recording unprecedented levels of carbon efficiency.

The state-of-the-art red double-deckers have achieved the best results for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions ever recorded from bus fleets – an unprecedented 10mpg.

Revolve Technologies, an Essex-based leading engine development and engineering services provider, helped support Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus on the major hybrid drive performance and optimisation programme, which includes the Gemini 2 HEV double decker.
At the heart of the Wrightbus hybrid system is a standard 2.4 litre Diesel engine – as used in the Ford Transit. With the base engine operating as a generator, Revolve engineers have been able to predict load and speed changes in advance, thus allowing greater freedom with injection strategies and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) rates.

Drawing on their knowledge of the engine EMS system, engineers have also been able to utilise some of the existing vehicle based strategies to carry out functions which otherwise would have required significant software changes. This, coupled with a unique CAN interface module, has allowed the full integration of the engine and its controller into the overall hybrid control system – and at a relatively low cost.

Paul Turner, Revolve’s Technical Director of Product Development, said, “Having the engine control as a fully integrated part of the hybrid system is a major advantage – and, coupled with a unique calibration, we have been able to achieve exceptional improvements in fuel consumption. The Wrightbus programme involves optimising Series Hybrid Drive systems through a detailed analysis of generator load patterns.

“As a result of this analysis, we have been able to recalibrate the engine to operate at its peak performance throughout the drive cycle, by using smart charging and load control technology. Overall engine performance is significantly improved when compared with normal applications.”

Revolve Technologies’ Executive Chairman, Andrew Williams says, “The Wrightbus hybrid programme gives further insight into the depth, scope and capability which we offer this important and growing area of the market.

“It is also an excellent working in practice example of the formal technical partnership between Revolve Technologies and Ford Component Sales (FCS) and highlights Revolve’s rapidly expanding hybrid and alternative fuels activity.”

The company is currently involved with projects from small capacity, lightweight units through to heavy commercial, marine and industrial applications.”

SOURCE:  Green Wire

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