Six Venerable Armored Security Vehicles to Be Converted
To ‘Redeem’ Biomethane-Fueled EDI Plug-In Hybrid Drive
North American Repower, with California Energy Commission backing, is to upfit six 20-year-old, diesel-fueled armored vehicles operated by Southern California’s Sectran Security with dedicated-CNG, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drives.
“We’re going to fully modernize them,” says NAR CEO John Reed.
The Navistar International trucks will have PHEV drives from Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. They are to be fueled with landfill gas-derived “Redeem” brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.
“Security protocols typically require armored vehicles to leave their engines running during each scheduled stop, which burns fuel and emits pollutants,” states a CEC summary explaining the $3 million grant to NAR. “The demonstration vehicles, which have near-zero emissions, will operate in an all-electric mode during stop-and-go usage and in hybrid-mode during continuous vehicle operation.”
‘Zero Idle Is a Key Goal’
“Zero idle is a key goal as is all-electric slow speed operation around malls,” says Reed.
NAR will replace the vehicles’ DT 466 engines with its lean-burn, spark-ignition version of the 7.6-liter powerplant (F&F, April 27), and install roof-mounted Type IV compressed natural gas fuel cylinders, Reed told F&F. As NGVs, he says, the trucks will be driven to Milpitas, Calif. for the installation of plug-in hybrid electric drives by EDI.
The 36-month demonstration will occur in disadvantaged communities in the South Coast Air Quality Management District, CEC says, specifically in Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up