Odyne Systems LLC has been awarded a $2.9-million Department of Energy (DOE) Cost Shared Project with co-funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) in California to further advance hybrid systems in commercial truck applications.
Through this project, Odyne will install 7 Odyne Hybrid Power systems into bucket trucks and underground utility trucks which will be used in normal fleet operations across the United States. Odyne plans to work closely with one of its largest distributors, Terex Utilities, and its supply partner Remy Motors on the project.
Odyne will also use funds through the project to further develop its hybrid technology and evaluate the performance of demonstrator vehicles using Odyne advanced plug-in hybrid systems.
Odyne hybrid systems improve the driving fuel efficiency of large trucks and significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions at job sites by using extended stationary engine-off technology. Two of the vehicles will be deployed in the California South Coast Air Basin. It is expected that the project will extend the use of the Odyne advanced hybrid power system in the wider LA area.
Odyne has developed proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology with Remy advanced electric propulsion motors, modular Johnson Controls-Saft battery systems and other robust, automotive quality components. The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% or greater, compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines, the company says.