The WWU Hybrid Bus Team is designing a low floor, modular bus, capable of a supporting a variety of applications. The goals are to reduce fuel use and operating costs while improving driver control and passenger comfort. Plans are to use sustainable materials with a high strength-to-weight ratio for chassis, body and interior components, combined with an aerodynamic body design. The powertrain will utilize a diesel-electric powersplit hybrid system, which will allow both the diesel engine and electric motors to propel the bus. Non-petroleum based fuels are targeted for the IC engine.
Modular Seating Capability
The team is currently targeting a thermoplastic composite material called Twintex. The material contains comingled strands of fiberglass and polypropylene (PP) woven together into a fabric. Compared to other composite materials such as carbon fiber, Twintex is more readily recyclable, and a more cost effective solution.