Voith Turbo opens CA hybrid power-train center

Voith Turbo has opened a new hybrid powertrain development center near San Diego. The Powway, CA facility offers more than 5,000 square feet of office, warehouse and testing areas. The facility will further develop Voith Turbo’s hybrid diesel/electric powertrain drive systems for transit buses.

“We are extremely excited to open a U.S.-based Hybrid Power-Train Development Center,” said Rob Wiss, vice president of Voith Turbo’s U.S. Road Division. “The center will allow us to further develop hybrid bus technologies and cater to the specific needs of our customers who want to expand their use of this emerging technology. Above all, we are making an important contribution to the U.S. economy by expanding the use of clean-energy technology in transportation fleets across the country.”

California-based Maxwell Technologies will supply ultra capacitors for Voith Turbo’s hybrid technology, expanding on Voith Turbo’s partnership with a local company. Voith Turbo is already using Maxwell to supply systems for its patented DIWAhybrid parallel drive system, which is set to begin production in October. The Hybrid Power-Train Development Center will be expanding on DIWA and creating new hybrid technologies for the U.S. market.