BAE Systems bringing electric drive system to industrial vehicle market

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BAE Systems, a leader in electric propulsion, will bring its next-generation power and propulsion technology to the heavy-duty industrial vehicle market. The company’s electric drive system helps industrial vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) get their electric vehicles (EVs) to market faster and at a lower installed cost.

By using fewer components, BAE Systems expects the electric drive system will increase electrical efficiency. The Modular Accessory Power System (MAPS) and Modular Power Control System (MPCS) also allows for scalable, customized solutions to provide the core power for a range of applications, from school buses and mining vehicles to sanitation and yard trucks, according to a press release.

The modular design will provide both power and propulsion for battery electric, fuel cell and electric-hybrid vehicles.

“We are providing an all-inclusive solution to bring the industrial vehicle market one step closer to a zero emission future,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager at BAE Systems, in a statement. “Our next-generation components are the Swiss Army Knife of power electronics, delivering multifunctional capabilities in a compact and flexible design. This flexibility makes it easier for OEMs to cover multiple platforms, including traditional diesel and purpose built EVs.”

BAE Systems has over 15,000 power and propulsion systems in electrified commercial vehicles across the globe, and those systems have logged four billion on-road miles.

General Electric (GE) Aviation selected BAE Systems as the aerospace company responsible for designing, testing and supplying energy management components for the NASA Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project, announced the company on April 21.