Detroit startup Inventev has won a $500,000 grant from the DOE’s ARPA-E agency, as well as a $50,000 matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to develop its plug-in hybrid drive system for commercial trucks.
Other collaborators include Pacific Gas & Electric, A123, BorgWarner, Ford and NextEnergy, which will provide testing and demonstration services at a microgrid on its Detroit campus.
Inventev will demonstrate its technology on a CNG-fueled truck that can use its motor to generate utility-grade power when stationary, so it can act as a power supply in emergency or outage situations. It’s designed to be more cost-effective than standard trailer-mounted generators, which may sit unused much of the time.
The system also supports idle-free powering of hydraulics and extended range hybrid-electric driving. A Ford F550 will be used as the base vehicle chassis.
“The technology used by Inventev to harness the capability of electric vehicles to eliminate idling at jobsites and to generate exportable power to shorten or eliminate outages is a game-changer for the utility industry,” said David Meisel, Senior Director of Transportation Services at Pacific Gas and Electric.
“Paired with private industry and NextEnergy’s support, the project provides our first core round of funding,” said Dave Stenson, founder and CEO of Inventev. “We hope to continue this momentum and complete our seed funding round.”
Source: Inventev LLC