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Hybrid Indian demo buses use AFS controllers

AFS engine controller technology has been used successfully in three natural gas hybrid demonstration buses manufactured by Ashok Leyland, the largest manufacturer of buses in India.


December 7, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

An AFS CNG vehicle controller.

Photo: AFS

CALGARY: Alternative Fuel Systems (2004) Inc. (AFS) has developed with Indian partner Advantek Fuel Systems Pvt. Ltd. a sophisticated engine controller technology that has been used successfully in three natural gas hybrid buses manufactured by Ashok Leyland, the largest manufacturer of buses in India.

AFS said the HYBUS demonstration vehicles, combining compressed natural gas (CNG) engines with electric drives, provided transportation services for VIPs at the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi.

“The controller incorporates robust and high speed communication software that allows it to exchange information with other bus systems, including the electric drive,” said AFS president and CEO Jim Perry.

Perry said the integration of a hybrid electrical drive with the natural gas engine improves fuel economy.  “When these types of vehicles become mainstream products, AFS will already have a track record in the required leading edge technology,” he noted.

AFS, based in Calgary, is a developer and manufacturer of natural gas vehicle engine controllers and components.
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