Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a developer of advanced hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, has completed its California Energy Commission (CEC) program to build six plug-in-hybrid electric International-brand armored vehicles for end user fleet Sectran Security.
The fleet of six 26,000 pound, Class-6 medium duty armored truck operates with the same expected OEM performance while reducing emissions by up to 99.9% in certain duty cycles.
Fleet end user Sectran Security armored vehicles make frequent stops as part of their highly congested city routes in Southern California. At each stop, engines are kept idling for security purposes, but now risk violating California’s strict diesel idling regulations, which prohibit idling the engine for more than five minutes.
With the modernized PHEV trucks, engine idling is eliminated entirely, by operating in all-electric mode during stop-and-go operations, and in hybrid mode using renewable natural gas (RNG) during highway operations.
By deploying the full fleet of six, the vehicles enable Sectran to reduce annual diesel consumption by 31,000+ gallons, significantly reducing annual fuel costs, and emissions by up to 99.9%.
Efficient Drivetrains used its EDI PowerDrive 6000 system, including vehicle management and telematics capabilities with the integrated EDI PowerSuite.
The EDI PowerDrive 6000 has been durability tested over 3.8 million miles in a commercial fleet setting of city buses, and has been deployed across major North American OEMs including International, Freightliner, and Peterbilt platforms.
The vehicle program is a collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and North American Repower, and includes funding from the California Energy Commission, which approved a $3-million grant award from its Energy Research and Development Division.