Odyne Corporation, a developer of advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain (PHEV) technology for trucks and buses, has signed a strategic supplier agreement to provide lead-acid battery management system technology for the conversion of Mexico City’s municipal Nissan Tsuru car fleet to electric drive.
Odyne will supply battery management trays, onboard charging systems and other necessary peripheral technology for the stored energy systems to be used in the conversion of the first 500 of the 2,000 Nissan Tsurus to electric drive within two years. The agreement potentially could be extended to include the entire car fleet. (Earlier post.)
Electro Autos Eficaces de Mexico, S.A. (EAE), a government-supported consortium overseeing the conversion, has also signed a supply agreement with Azure Dynamics for 1,000 drive systems for the conversions.
The converted Tsurus use a battery system comprising 15 12-volt AGM lead-acid batteries from Enersys, divided into a pack of 7 batteries under the hood and a pack of 8 in the trunk. The electric Tsuru has a range 75-105 km (47-65 miles) and a top speed of 100 kph (62 mph).
Odyne is contributing expertise in lead acid battery management systems, which we believe is a key factor in the reliability of the fleet conversion project. Without Odyne’s expertise, we would not be able to achieve acceptable cycle life of our lead acid batteries.—Luis Pérez Quintana, EAE
With a population of approximately 25 million people, Mexico City is the third-largest city in the world and currently operates more than 25,000 Nissan Tsurus to conduct government business throughout the city.
This agreement with Electro Autos Eficaces de Mexico represents a new market expansion opportunity for Odyne that complements Odyne’s primary focus on providing plug-in hybrid electric and electric vehicle powertrains for Class 6,7 and 8 trucks and buses.
Although final pricing and specifications are still being developed, it is estimated that the total award to Odyne for the first 500 vehicles would be between $1.2 and $1.7 million, depending upon the options ordered.