US Hybrid Drive in Global Environmental Sweepers for New York,
The Customer Says that a CNG-Fueled Hybrid Is in Development Too
US Hybrid is talking up a follow-on order of seven hybrid electric street sweepers for DSNY, the New York City Department of Sanitation, stating that there are “twenty in the pipeline and additional option for eighty.” The hybrid electric sweepers are manufactured by Global Environmental Products.
The order “a successful two-year demonstration and validation period, in which six integrated street sweepers were operated throughout New York City,” US Hybrid says.
The hybrid sweepers are ready for commercial deployment, the drive developer adds, with an optimized design that’s quieter and more operator-friendly.
Fuel Burn Is Halved
The US Hybrid powertrain in the Hybrid Electric Street Sweeper is said to reduce fuel consumption by 50% while providing a 60% reduction in GHG emissions.
The sweepers have a Cummins ISB diesel engine charging a 120-kilowatt lithium ion battery pack. The drive yields 120 kilowatts (approximately 60 horsepower) of traction power.
“US Hybrid’s proven powertrain technology will provide New Yorkers with clean, quiet sweepers that will dramatically reduce street-level emissions,” US Hybrid president and CEO Dr. Abas Goodarzi said in a release.
A Good Application for Hybrid Technology
“US Hybrid focuses on niche applications that will be most benefited by hybrid technology,” Goodarzi said. “The street sweeper’s low speeds, curbside presence, and power demand make it an optimal application to showcase the fuel savings and GHG reductions that our products provide.”
The firm’s powertrain components are designed and manufactured at a new US Hybrid facility in Torrance, Calif. They are installed by Global Environmental Products in San Bernardino.
“We are committed to further developing advanced electric hybrid technology,” said Global president and CEO Walter Pusic.
A CNG Hybrid Sweeper Is in Development
DSNY says it owns and operates 435 street sweepers which includes 18 compressed natural gas-fueled units. The agency says it “hopes to increase the number [of CNG sweepers] as additional fueling infrastructure becomes available in the NYC Metropolitan area,” and that “DSNY and Global are in the early stages of planning a CNG/Hybrid street sweeper.”
“As a mission-critical component of the DSNY fleet, improving the fuel consumption of our street sweepers will play a key role in reducing greenhouse gases and achieving the goals of PlaNYC, which requires the Department to meet the objectives of a 30% emissions reduction by 2017,” agency commissioner Kathryn Garcia said in a release.
According to deputy DSNY commissioner Rocco DiRico, the new generation of hybrid sweepers has the potential to provide export power to aid in the event of power blackouts, “and has been implemented in this next order.”
Also at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif., US Hybrid showed a 150-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell. It’s said to be about half the size of the 120-kilowatt cell on which it’s based, the PureMotion 120 by UTC Power.
US Hybrid took over the UTC business last year (F&F, August 21), and has established US FuelCell as a new division, and has continued Federal Transit Administration-supported work on better fuel cells for buses.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.
Michael Matkovic and Spiro Kattan of the New York City Department of Sanitation, Global Environmental Products president and CEO Walter Pusic (center with arm upraised), deputy Sanitation commissioner Rocco DiRico of New York, and US Hybrid president and CEO Dr. Abas Goodarzi, at top right.