Anyone who has ever been to New York City knows how heavy the traffic can get at pretty much any time of the day. To combat this, the city began developing different forms of mass transit that they hoped would eventually replace personal vehicles inside the crowded city. Among these, was the diesel burning kneeling bus, which has undergone very few changes until just recently when a new turbine powered unit was developed.
The new unit will use a diesel turbine engine to crank a high output generator connected to the battery stack. The batteries will then provide power to electric motors driving the wheels. The will be no mechanical connection between the diesel engine and the drivetrain itself.
As with most new hybrids, the bus will be equipped with a regenerative braking system to recapture energy when stopping. This will prove especially useful for the stop and go traffic New York is notorious for.
The busses will be able to seat between 35 and 37, depending on how the seats are configured and up to 30 people will be able to stand when fully loaded.
The engine itself was designed with as few parts as possible. It has no starting mechanism, no water pump or radiating system and very few auxiliary components.
The new bus is currently being tested in a few different parts of the city, which will eventually be extended. If the design proves to be reliable, you can expect to see more of them at a bus stop near you.New York Times