BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Bates Troy Healthcare Linen Services will use a BAE Systems test truck powered by a HybriDrive® parallel propulsion system in its healthcare linen service deliveries and pickups. The test will provide BAE Systems with valuable data about the fuel economy and performance of the HybriDrive parallel system, the companies say.
“Having the ability to test the HybriDrive parallel system in a real-world operational situation is very valuable to our product development, to further demonstrate and validate its benefits and value to end-users and their communities,” says Dr. Mike Mekhiche, director of programs for power and energy management at BAE Systems, Johnson City, N.Y.
The HybriDrive parallel system is a heavy-duty electric-hybrid propulsion system that complements BAE Systems’ HybriDrive series system. It was designed to respond to the specific needs of the heavy-duty vocational truck market. With more than 300 million miles of revenue service, more than 25 million gallons of diesel fuel saved, and more than 280,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions prevented, the HybriDrive series system has proven itself to be an efficient hybrid system that has provided significant environmental benefits, BAE says.
“Bates Troy has a history of dedication to state-of-the-art technology, and this partnership with BAE Systems to test their hybrid system was a natural step for us,” says Brian Kradjian, president and CEO of Bates Troy Healthcare Linen Services. “We are excited to measure the efficiencies that can be gained through the utilization of the BAE Systems hybrid propulsion technology in our fleet.”