SOURCE: ISE Corporation

ISE Corporation

December 21, 2009 15:19 ET

ISE Corp Gasoline Hybrid-Electric Customer Reaches 10 Million Miles in Revenue Service -- and Reduces Harmful Emissions

America's Largest Transit Fleet of ISE Gasoline Hybrid-Electric Buses, Operated by Long Beach Transit in California, Has Reduced Tons of Harmful Carbon Emissions Over the Past 5 Years

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - California-based ISE Corporation announced today that one of its earliest customers, Long Beach Transit (LBT), has reached 10 million miles in revenue service with their fleet of 40' gasoline hybrid-electric buses powered by ISE's hybrid-electric technology. Using ISE's Ultracapacitor energy storage packs, the gasoline hybrid systems make up the majority of LBT's bus fleet. Since 2001, ISE has continued strengthening its proven track record with nearly 300 gasoline hybrid-electric buses worldwide with a total accumulation of approximately 13 million operational miles.

"Long Beach Transit was one of the first transit agencies to deploy ISE's gasoline hybrid-electric technology. We are proud that LBT chose to be an early adopter of our technology. Their participation has helped further our growth and innovation while providing strong proof of the reliability and performance of our energy systems for hybrid vehicles," says Rick Sander, CEO and President of ISE Corporation.

Gasoline Hybrid-Electric Technology Reduces Carbon Emissions and Improves Operational Efficiencies

"We'd like to thank ISE Corporation for being such great partners," said Rolando Cruz, Executive Director of Vice President of Maintenance and Facilities at Long Beach Transit. "ISE's engineering team has worked closely with us to make their technology fit our needs. If asked to make the same investment today, we wouldn't hesitate to make the same decision we made back in 2004 when we selected ISE's technology." ISE gasoline hybrid-electric drive systems give transit agencies an alternative to diesel-fueled buses while providing quieter operation and simple exhaust after-treatment. In addition, gasoline is a cleaner burning fuel with lower tailpipe emissions -- as evidenced by the fact that one gallon of gasoline burned emits 13% (2.9 lbs) less CO2 than one gallon of diesel.

Juan Vigil, Long Beach Transits' QA and Maintenance Technology Manager, added, "ISE's gasoline hybrid buses have enabled us to dramatically reduce the frequency of routine brake replacements, which cuts our expenses and reduces downtime due to maintenance. The increased performance of ISE's technology adds value through passenger safety and greater operational efficiency. In these times of economic challenge for transit organizations, technologies that provide significant financial advantages are invaluable." Increased brake life -- which is the result of regenerative braking functionality -- is a valuable byproduct of the way ISE hybrid-electric systems efficiently manage energy.

Powering Hybrid Vehicles with Efficient Energy Management

ISE hybrid technologies enhance the management of energy, which is the core process that makes any vehicle a hybrid. ISE energy management capabilities enable energy to be stored, controlled, and converted into usable form within the hybrid vehicle. This management of energy results in greater fuel efficiency and lower tailpipe emissions. The company's proven systems provide a solution to the industry's demand for reliable, safe, and cost-effective energy technologies.

Alex Bernasconi, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ISE Corporation, said, "We're delighted to be working with the Long Beach Transit system. They are a tremendous example of how every city, county and transit organization can benefit from increased operational efficiency and cleaner transportation systems in their marketplace. Our technology is leading the way within the transportation industry and we're committed to working closely with other transit systems that seek to benefit from ISE's enhanced technologies."

About ISE Corporation

ISE Corporation (www.isecorp.com) designs, builds, and supports hybrid-electric drive systems and high value components optimized for high duty cycles. ISE Corp specializes in series hybrid-electric, all-electric/zero emission technologies and offers industry-leading energy management solutions and system components. Over the past 10 years, ISE Corp.'s installed base of nearly 300 systems has accumulated approximately 13 million operational fleet miles.

Established in 1995, ISE is headquartered in San Diego, CA and employs a team of over 140, with more than one-third comprised of software, electrical, mechanical, and systems engineers. The company's history of innovation and proven technological leadership has resulted in the design and development of systems and components that deliver superior operating performance. For more information visit www.isecorp.com.

About Long Beach Transit

Long Beach Transit serves over 29 million boarding customers in Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill -- as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach -- with regular bus and shuttle services including the Passport, AquaBus, and AquaLink. For more information visit www.lbtransit.com.