Wisconsin-based Odyne Systems, a specialist in hybrid technology for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, received support from the DOE in 2009 for a project to accelerate the development of PHEV systems. Five vehicles funded by the project have now been completed and delivered to customers by DUECO, Inc, the final-stage truck manufacturer.
Three bucket trucks, equipped with Terex aerial devices, went to electrical utilities in Maryland, Michigan and Indiana, while energy providers in Nevada and the Mid-Atlantic region scored underground utility vehicles featuring Vanair underdeck compressors to maintain their underground natural gas pipes.
Odyne’s power system interfaces with a variety of truck-mounted equipment to allow workers to operate stationary applications with the engine off, including large air compressors. The trucks feature Odyne’s proprietary power control and energy storage technology, lithium-ion batteries and Remy electric motors. Odyne claims its hybrid trucks can save up to 50% in fuel costs over diesel or gasoline engines.
“We are excited to be delivering these units that reflect our passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced hybrid system solutions.” said Joe Dalum, Odyne’s CEO.
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