Altair ProductDesign, a division of Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc., will unveil the world’s first series hydraulic hybrid transit bus, the LCO-140H, on Sept. 7.
The LCO-140H was developed under the BUSolutions program in partnership with Automation Alley, in an effort to revitalize public bus transportation in America. BUSolutions is a collaborative effort between public and private entities to research, develop and commercialize advanced transit bus systems that are significantly more fuel efficient, have lower operating and maintenance costs, are competitively priced and can operate without updating the infrastructure of existing transit authorities.
BUSolutions is projected to lower the cost of ownership by more than $150,000 per bus as compared to a conventional diesel bus.
In addition to investments by Altair and Automation Alley, BUSolutions has been funded by multiple federal and state programs, including the Federal Transit Authority and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. It also has received exceptional local support by southeast Michigan congressional members, transportation industry partners, and local transit authorities SMART and the Detroit Department of Transportation.
The unveiling will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at Altair headquarters, 1820 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy.
More at www.altairbusolutions.com.