In Continuing Collaboration with Gillig
TROY, Mich., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor's Commercial Vehicle
Systems business today announced that its Meritor transit bus axles and brakes
have been specified as part of a hybrid bus consortium contract. The
consortium consists of 11 transit agencies in California, Nevada, and New
The contract was awarded to Gillig Corporation, one of North America's
largest producers of transit buses, with whom ArvinMeritor has partnered for
numerous advanced-technology endeavors in the last several years. The
contract calls for up to 157 diesel-electric hybrid buses in 30-foot, 35-foot
and 40-foot configurations, with deliveries starting this year and running
into late 2007.
"This contract is fully in line with our commitment to be integrally
involved with developments that focus on improving the overall environment,"
said Tim Bowes, general manager of Specialty Products. "Our axles and brakes
were chosen because of their demonstrated ability to specifically serve the
transit bus vocation while offering advanced features that lead to higher fuel
economy and lower maintenance."
The Meritor(R) 71000 Series, single reduction drive axle, will be utilized
on the 35 and 40-foot buses. This axle features several design elements that
offer extended life and lower maintenance, including a robust cast housing
with integral suspension brackets, and an advanced carrier design with
increased gear and bearing capacity to meet the rigorous demands of the
transit bus vocation.
For the 30-foot bus, the R-160 Series axle (21,000 lb. capacity) will be
utilized. This axle has been used in transit buses since 1992. The gearing
and bearing capacities are properly matched to the 30' bus size in particular
when using retarders that are common on transit buses. The housing is
Both axle series feature Quiet Ride(TM) gearing for a low noise signature.
Quiet Ride features an innovative gear tooth design that ensures both the
drive and coast side of the tooth are quiet. CNC gear cutting equipment is
utilized during the manufacturing process for precise cutting and excellent
repeatability. Specialized noise, vibration, and harshness test equipment
ensures a low-noise ride that can be up to 7 to 9 dBA quieter.
The axles will be delivered complete with Meritor cam brakes proven in
transit buses and the wheel-end equipment -- hubs, drums, automatic slack
adjusters and air chambers.
"Over the last several years we have been involved with ArvinMeritor on a
number of joint technology developments that have been beneficial to both the
transit industry and the overall environment," said Brian Macleod, senior vice
president for Gillig. "We've chosen Meritor axles to 'drive' these buses and
Meritor brakes to "stop" them due to their proven experience in the transit
field, and their ability to deliver reliability, durability and fuel economy."
Gillig Hybrid Technology
Gillig has introduced many environmentally-friendly products to the
marketplace. In the early 90s, Gillig produced a variety of alternatively
fueled vehicles including those powered by CNG, LNG, propane and methanol.
These were later followed by a series hybrid electric bus with regenerative
braking produced in 1995 and the first North American production-built fuel
cell bus in 2003; "but perhaps the most promising new technology for transit
buses is the parallel hybrid electric drive system," said Brian Macleod. "We
built the world's first parallel hybrid bus in 2000, and now we will be
building over 150 of them for this Consortium order."
A long-time veteran to the hybrid arena, ArvinMeritor has had a hybrid
drivetrain package, specifically in the bus-coach market since 1987. In 2005,
the company announced a new hybrid drivetrain package development program with
Unicell Ltd. for a fully-electric drive vehicle. Vehicles in this program
will appear on the road this year.
Gillig is a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses and is a 115 year old
privately held corporation located in the San Francisco Bay area. Gillig's
commitment to quality and value have gained it a strong reputation for
performance and customer satisfaction throughout the transit industry.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original
equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy,
Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 29,000 people at more than 120
manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com.
SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.
D. Mike Pennington
both of ArvinMeritor, Inc.