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DUECO Inc., in conjunction with Odyne and Vanair Manufacturing, has introduced a Plug-In Hybrid Underground Utility Vehicle (HUUV). With enough power for plastic pipe fusing, the truck’s hybrid drive system powers an air compressor, exportable power, and an auxiliary climate control system.

In January, DUECO acquired most of the assets of Odyne Corporation, which was supplying PHEV systems for application in DUECO trucks (earlier post) had suspended operations. (Earlier post.)

The Vanair 125/185 CFM underdeck air compressor is a common piece of equipment used by utility companies to operate pneumatic tools, such as pavement breakers, tampers and mole tools.

The new plug-in powers the Vanair compressor through its battery system, eliminating engine idle, as well as the need for a tow-behind compressor at a jobsite.

The HUUV is also equipped with a compressor automatic shut down device that automatically starts and stops the compressor based on demand. This element substantially increases battery life and decreases needless compressor operation.

At the end of a workday, the HUUV plugs into a charging station where the batteries recharge during off-peak hours. The truck can also recharge at any point, while idling or driving, with the conventional diesel engine. The unit is complete with regenerative braking and launch assist to provide additional fuel efficiency, emission enhancements, extended brake life.

DUECO Inc. and Odyne have previously introduced a plug-in hybrid medium-duty aerial lift, heavy-duty tandem axle aerial lift and digger derrick.

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