Hybrid Tempo confirmed for 2007
The first application is planned for a Tempo single-deck bus in the second half of this year.
The GM Allison hybrid system is established in the US where there are nearly 500 buses using it as a result of federal funding to support the adoption of the cleaner technology. It is a parallel hybrid design which combines power from a diesel engine with electric power from an energy storage system.
Optare first revealed its plans for the tie-up with Allison at the Eurobus show in November and said that it the demountable engine rack on the Tempo would make it easier to equip the model for hybrid use.