Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has expanded its PowerDrive product family to include a heavy-duty offering suitable for Class 8 vehicles. EDI will offer its PowerDrive 8000 series as an electrification kit and developer support program for OEMs looking to quickly bring heavy-duty electrified vehicle offerings to market.
EDI’s medium-duty PowerDrive 6000 and 7000 series products are available today on OEM platforms such as Freightliner, Peterbilt, Blue Bird Bus, Shaanxi and Thomas Built Bus. The new PowerDrive 8000 will be available in the first half of 2018 in both all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions. The company says it has already signed multiple contracts for both versions, and that an initial OEM partner plans to deploy the solution in mid-2018.
The PowerDrive kit offers a modular design for easy integration into existing chassis. Electrification kits include the drivetrain (PowerDrive), vehicle control and telematics software (PowerSuite), and training and support infrastructure. EDI can also install the powertrain systems and perform vehicle integration as a service for OEMs.
The all-electric version, PowerDrive 8000EV, offers a range of over 100 miles, and is designed for short-range applications such as logistics and port drayage. The plug-in hybrid version delivers 35 miles of electric range, and is suited for longer-haul logistics and freight applications. OEMs can also further customize their solutions with EDI’s Electric Power Export (Power2E) option, which adds the capability to export power directly from the vehicle for use in disaster recovery, tool operation and V2G applications.
“The heavy-duty trucking industry is experiencing a sea change, largely driven by an urgent need to reduce emissions,” said CEO Joerg Ferchau. “Worldwide, our most populated cities are experiencing significantly diminished air quality as a result of heavy-duty goods movement. The passenger car industry has experienced a significant change, but heavy-duty trucks continue to represent the largest producers of emissions. Although heavy-duty applications are the most technically challenging, they are also the highest priority for reducing emissions, and improving air quality today.”
Source: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.