Developed for Formula One cars a green flywheel is to be retro-fitted to six Putney buses. The flywheel will produce electro mechanical energy for driving the bus, reducing CO2 emissions. The flywheels were developed by WHP (William Hybrid Power) originally for Formula One cars, later abandoned due to the FIA’s regulation changes. The technology is now being made available to reduce emissions and save fuel on hybrid buses.
One of the UK’s biggest bus operators, Go-Ahead, are to use the technology, predicting that it could save 30% in fuel. Group engineering director, Phil Margrave, said that they are very excited to work with WHP, a British technology company who are at the cutting edge in the fight to find alternative energy solutions.
Go-Ahead are convinced the expertise and experience which had been gained developing and using flywheel technology in motorsports will transfer to the bus market, delivering ground-breaking solutions to fuel efficiency issues.
Managing director at Williams Hybrid Power, Ian Foley, said that since they started development they had identified that an ideal customer would be the public transportation market. He continued by saying how excited he was about overcoming the challenges of delivering the new solutions for the bus industry.