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Pininfarina Reveals Hybrid Bus

Pininfarina Hybus

Today we have some interesting news coming from Italy where Pininfarina has unveiled its hybrid bus at a transport exhibition that was organized in Milan. The Hybus is in fact a conversion of a 17-year-old Iveco bus design to accept a MultiJet 1.3-liter diesel engine coupled to an electric generator that sends the necessary energy to the main lithium-ion battery pack.

The bus has the same drive line and rear axle as the original model and its driven by two Magneti Marelli electric motors which are linked to a collector-reduction gearbox. FAAM has supplied the lithium-ion battery packs as well as the battery management system, while the new engine and the auxiliary management have been integrated with the bus’ original electronic/electrical design.

According to Pininfarina, adapting an old bus to run on this efficient technology is 60% cheaper than purchasing a new hybrid vehicle. This hybrid bus has been developed at the company’s Design and Engineering Center and is one of the first products after the Italian company has announced that it plans on using some of its resources on electric and hybrid mobility.

Source: Pininfarina via Autocar