Dennis Eagle selects BAE Systems’ HybriDrive system

British defence and aerospace company BAE Systems has entered into an agreement with Dennis Eagle, a manufacturer of refuse collection vehicles (RCV), to integrate a heavy-duty hybrid-electric propulsion system into one of their low-entry cab vehicles.

The newly formed alliance will perform a field-trial programme during 2011 with a view to Warwick-based Dennis Eagle offering HybriDrive powered vehicles to the market in the fourth quarter of 2012.

This alliance will introduce the use of BAE Systems’ HybriDrive parallel system into the European RCV market and represents the first phase of a broader strategic initiative to address a range of heavy-duty trucks that will also include those used in construction, package and delivery.

According to BAE Systems, the new HybriDrive parallel system will deliver significant environmental benefits associated with lower emissions, reduced fuel consumption and less noise pollution to the end-users and their communities.