More than 120 Trucks as Part of a $45.4 Million Initiative
Wisconsin’s Odyne Systems is participating in a $45.4 million U.S. DoE ARRA-backed initiative with the Electric Power Research Institute and Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District. updated June 19
“It is anticipated that over 120 Odyne advanced plug-in hybrid systems will be installed on vehicles for partners in the program, including investor owned utilities and municipal electric companies,” the company says.
“Odyne will leverage proprietary technology applicable to a wide variety of truck chassis and applications to bring the benefits of reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions, increased power and quiet work site operation,” the company says.
Johnson Controls for Lithium Ion Batteries
“This contract is very significant and will put the advantages of hybrid systems for large trucks to work in communities throughout the country,” Odyne president Joe Dalum said in a release.
“We also anticipate that the award will accelerate wide-scale use of our hybrid systems,” Dalum said. “Our partnership with leading suppliers leverages U.S. investment in battery and component technology and facilitates high volume production.”
Johnson Controls, Inc. is supplying lithium ion batteries for the plug-in vehicles. “Depending on use, Odyne’s hybrid power system can enable large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines,” says JCI’s project announcement.
Also participating, for smaller vehicles likes pickups and vans, is Utah-based Via Motors.
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Source: Odyne Systems and JCI with Fleets & Fuels follow-up