China Buses Use Eaton Hybrid Power System

Posted on January 14, 2008

Eaton Corp. has introduced its first commercially-available hybrid power system in China with Beiqi Foton Bus Co., deploying the hybrid system in 30 city buses for Guangzhou Yiqi Bus. Beiqi Foton Bus Company and Eaton delivered the 30 hybrid diesel-electric transit buses to Guangzhou Yiqi Bus Jan. 11. The vehicles will be deployed to carry passengers in the city, with an expected fuel savings of up to 27%, along with similar reductions in particulate and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, Eaton said.

Kevin Beaty, leader of the hybrid power business unit in Eaton’s Truck Group, said delivery of the 30 hybrid powered buses is “a significant milestone for Eaton in placement of hybrid power in China. Vehicle makers, fleets and users in China are working hard to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases in their cities, and we are excited about being involved,” Beaty said. “This is one of those opportunities where ‘growth’ and ‘green’ can succeed together.”

Guangzhou Yiqi operates approximately half of the transit buses in Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people in China’s Guangdong province. Beiqi Foton Bus, one of China’s top vehicle manufacturers, first brought Eaton’s hybrid power system to China in two prototype buses that were developed and deployed for testing in 2006.