Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Establish HEV Motor Manufacturing Infrastructure(ST4663-1)

Lockheed Martin,


Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) recover energy when braking or moving downhill, storing this energy for use in accelerating the vehicle. In previous projects with NYSERDA, BAE Systems (formerly Lockheed Martin Control Systems) demonstrated the energy and environmental advantages of HEV technology in urban transit buses and medium-duty delivery trucks (16,001-44,000 pound gross vehicle weight).

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Project Description

The work included: (1) evaluation and selection of motor component vendors, with emphasis on strengthening the local manufacturing infrastructure; (2) development of motor assembly and test procedures; (3) facilities planning; (4) vendor qualification, including work to help suppliers establish quality assurance programs conforming to a baseline technical data package; (5) production of 3-5 motors to validate component selection, production processes, and test procedures; and, (6) manufacture of 50 units on a standard production basis.


This program provided an improved motor for HEV powertrains and assisted launching HEVs into the commercial market, yielding energy and environmental benefits. By working directly to foster development of a local network of suppliers to build this motor, this project increased the probability that a significant new manufacturing industry would take root in New York State.

Project Results

BAE began filling commercial orders for the HybriDrive ™ system in 2003 and, as of 2009, had sold more than 3,000 units, with more than 1,000 in service powering hybrid-electric buses in New York City.


Lockheed Martin,
600 Main St
Johnson City, NY 13790

Principle Investigator

Thomas Webb

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Med/Heavy Duty

NYSERDA Contact Information

Joseph Wagner


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4663-1

Last Updated: 7/5/2011 6