Class 4 Truck Said to Be a ‘First-of-its-Kind Market-Disruptive Vehicle’
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has unveiled a compressed natural gas-fueled plug-in hybrid electric Class 4 logistics truck it says was “made possible by EDI’s innovative drivetrain technology and vehicle control software.”
The project using a Greenkraft truck was funded one year ago by the California Energy Commission (F&F, October 28, 2014). The EDI team integrated the optimized EDI-Drive into a 14,500-pound Class 4 medium duty Greenkraft CNG truck.
The resulting vehicle has 40 miles of all-electric range.
“The first-of-its-kind market-disruptive vehicle will help fleets switch from petroleum-based liquid fuels to domestically available, cleaner-burning natural gas and electricity,” EDI says. The truck was unveiled at a “voice of the customer” event hosted by Calstart at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center in Downey today.
“EDI’s technology effectively tripled the miles per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of the baseline CNG-powered truck from approximately 9 miles per GGE to 27,” states the release.
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Source: Greenkraft with Fleets & Fuels follow-up