Hybrid and electric drivertrain provider Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), in partnership with Greenkraft, CALSTART and the California Energy Commission, has designed and optimized a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric Class-4 logistics truck. The truck is being officially unveiled at a voice of the customer event hosted by CALSTART at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center today.
The CNG PHEV truck has an all-electric range of 40 miles (64 km). EDI’s technology effectively tripled the miles per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of the baseline 14,500-pound CNG-powered truck from approximately 9 miles per GGE to 27.
The EDI Power Drive’s lightweight, modular, inline form allows easy optimization for a wide range of vehicle types with minimal changes to the original vehicle chassis and frame, making rapid conversions and market introductions possible.
CALSTART developed the Voice of the Customer (VOC) event for EDI, with funding from the Southern California Gas Company. Designed to give the manufacturer and supplier guidance on the powertrain concept, the VOC event and ride and drive will provide user input.
Before the vehicle’s unveiling, CALSTART surveyed more than 30 fleets and developed the event’s highly interactive agenda. After the event, CALSTART will manage on-road emissions and fuel economy testing of the truck. Additionally, the organization will issue follow-up user surveys to solicit helpful feedback, further accelerating the commercialization process.