Odyne Hybrid Systems is talking up placement of large four bucket trucks by its parent Dueco, Inc. with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrains by Odyne.
The T370 vehicles are the first Kenworths to be deployed with the PHEV system, Odyne says.
The trucks for Milwaukee County were displayed at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisc. on April 20.
According to Odyne, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said that investment in the technology, partially funded by the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program, will help reduce fuel costs up to 50% while likewise reducing emissions. “He noted it as an example of a smart business decision in light of gas prices,” Odyne said.
The bucket trucks, which besides being plug-ins are the first hybrid trucks for the county, are being used to maintain traffic signals and street lighting.
They are the first to power Venturo corner mount cranes, which will be used in lifting lighting into place. The trucks feature fiberglass bodies and Terex TL60 aerial buckets.
“The trucks operate with zero or significantly lower emissions at the job site and provide quiet operation, for safer working conditions and a neighborhood friendly environment,” Odyne says, noting that its hybrid systems are modular and can be applied and retrofitted to a wide range of work vehicles.
“Our system is minimally intrusive,” Odyne president Joe Dalum said in explaining the PHEV drivetrain on a Ford F-750 at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Odyne says it has provided more plug-in hybrid trucks to U.S. fleets than any other supplier.
Odyne employs Remy motors and lithium ion batteries from Johnson Controls.
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