Includes First-Ever Plug-In Under Deck Boss Compressor Truck
Odyne Systems is breaking new ground as it continues to deliver scores of plug-in hybrid electric work trucks as part of a multi-million dollar government-backed effort. Among six trucks delivered to Michigan’s Consumers Energy is the first-ever under-deck compressor vehicle with a Boss hydraulic lift and compressor, Odyne said Tuesday.
Also delivered: three Terex Commander digger derricks and two Terex material handling bucket trucks.
“The Odyne plug-in hybrid system powers the equipment on the trucks without use of the engine in most cases, saving fuel, reducing emissions and significantly reducing noise levels at the work site,” Odyne says.
Fuel Economy Improvements of Up to 50%
“The on-board Boss lift can stow, load and unload heavy air tools,” states the announcement. The truck’s compressor powers a pneumatic jackhammer used to break up cement and pavement, and there is exportable power for an electric pipe fusing machine.
Depending on duty cycle, Odyne says, its plug-in hybrid system “enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.”
“With delivery of these six vehicles, we continue to expand the applications where an Odyne plug-in hybrid system is providing the power and advantages that only the Odyne system offers,” company president Joe Dalum said in the Consumers Energy announcement.
‘Unique in the Industry’
“Our hybrid system is unique in the industry in delivering unprecedented high efficiency power both during drive time and at the work site across many truck applications,” Dalum said.
Odyne suppliers include Allison Transmission and, for batteries, Johnson Controls. Both hold non-controlling equity stakes in Odyne.
Odyne parent Dueco was the final-stage manufacturer of the Navistar International-chassis Odyne trucks.
The six trucks were manufactured as part of a $90 million program to produce about 300 plug-in hybrid trucks, Odyne says. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and California Energy Commission, with cost-share contributions from the Electric Power Research Institute and program participants.
Approximately 120 Trucks from Odyne
Odyne is developing and deploying about 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks for companies and governmental entities throughout North America as part of the award (F&F, June 18, 2013).
Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest utility, Odyne notes, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million residents.
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