“This modelling architecture has been integral to the development of our flagship hybrid electric vehicles, the StreetLite and StreetDeck Next Generation Hybrid buses, supporting the design of the overall system configuration, component sizing, as well as the “on vehicle” control system.”Director of Engineering for Wrightbus
What impact did it make?
CONTINUED INNOVATIONS IN CLEAN TRANSPORT, LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
Powertrain modelling and lifecycle modelling research at Queen’s has played an integral role in the recent £66,000,000 investment by Northern Ireland’s public transport provider, Translink, for 100 low emission battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, and pioneering research by the Queen’s University Bamford Technology Centre continues to lead the way along the road to zero.
In collaboration with Wrightbus, Queen’s University developed state-of-the-art system modelling approaches for hybrid vehicles on the development of the New Bus for London powertrain. The success of the London Bus project led directly to the £3,200,000 Innovate UK funded project “Next Generation Hybrid Bus” (NextGenHEV). This project led to further innovations in powertrain system modelling, with the evolution of flexible systems modelling architectures which enabled rapid evaluation of candidate hybrid vehicle systems and components.
The driveline development ultimately led to both the single deck (StreetLite) and double deck (StreetDeck) variants being certified to low carbon emission bus status by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership.
Beyond the UK, the hybrid powertrain system & design approaches developed during the Next Generation Hybrid Bus project have opened up new opportunities to export this technology internationally. Queen’s has used this lifecycle modelling work, alongside in-service fleet monitoring, to support a number of tender processes, including in Santiago Chile and Canberra Australia.
In the UK around 3 million people travel on our buses every day.
Reducing CO2 emissions by 250,000 per year
Since 2014, 1000 Queen’s technology driven powertrains have continued to reduce CO2 emissions by 250,000 per year on London bus routes
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more about Queen’s University’s commitment to nurturing a culture of sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research and education.
- SDG 13 - Climate action
- SDG 3 - Good Health and well-being
- SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy
- SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Advanced and sustainable materials
- Future transport
- One health approaches to community well being