Odyne Systems awarded DOE and SCAQMD contracts

Department Of Energy and South Coast Air Quality Management District award cost-shared project to Odyne to design and evaluate advanced plug-In hybrid vehicles.

Waukesha, Wis.—Waukesha, Wisconsin based Odyne Systems LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks, has been awarded a $2.9 million Department of Energy 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 seven (7) Odyne Hybrid Power systems featuring advanced technology into bucket trucks and underground utility trucks that 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 L.A. area.

Joe Dalum, President of Odyne Systems, LLC commented, “We are excited to deploy our newest hybrid technology into the California market and look forward to working with Los Angeles County, the largest county in the U.S., and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, the largest municipal utility in the country, who have agreed to participate in the project.”

AQMD executive officer, Barry Wallerstein, noted, “Plug-in hybrid technology has the potential to provide substantial air quality benefits for the South Coast region. This demonstration will help accelerate these benefits, especially in communities, neighborhoods and schools where these work trucks operate.”

A leader in plug-in hybrid technology, 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. Sold through a worldwide distribution network, 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 percent or greater, compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.

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