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Voith Turbo opens hybrid powertrain development center in US

ABR Staff Writer Published 14 October 2011

Voith Turbo has opened a new hybrid power-train development center in Poway, California, US, which will further develop the company's hybrid diesel/electric power-train drive systems for transit buses.

The new development center which will include office, warehouse and testing facilities cover more than 5,000 sq ft.

It features a large solar panel installation that provides electricity for most day-to-day facility operations.

The company will be able to offer expanded technical service and better serve customers' needs and requirements by embedding the engineering component in the new development center.

Voith Turbo VP of US road division Rob Wiss said the company is extremely excited to open a US-based Hybrid Power-Train Development Center.

"The center will allow us to further develop hybrid bus technologies and cater to the specific needs of our customers who want to expand their use of this emerging technology," Wiss said.

"Above all, we are making an important contribution to the US economy by expanding the use of clean-energy technology in transportation fleets across the country."

The company is already using Maxwell to supply systems for its DIWAhybrid parallel drive system, which is set to begin production this month.

The Hybrid Power-Train Development Center will be expanding on DIWA and creating new hybrid technologies for the US Market.