‘At Work with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,’
Three More, Configured as Digger Derricks, Are on Order for 2015
Odyne Systems has delivered its first plug-in hybrid electric bucket truck in California, reporting today that the vehicle “is now at work at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.”
As part of an initiative supported by SCAQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Odyne plug-in hybrid truck and a diesel truck will be monitored and compared to determine the real-world benefits of the hybrid system. “Each vehicle is equipped with a data acquisition system to record a comparative analysis,” Odyne says.
Three more Odyne-drive plug-in trucks, configured as digger derricks, are on order with Altec, says Scott Briasco of LADWP. They’re to be delivered by mid-2015, he told F&F.
Odyne claims fuel savings of to 50% for its hybrids compared to traditional diesel or gasoline trucks, with reduced emissions and less work site noise.
Allison, Remy, Johnson Controls
Odyne has full cooperation with Allison Transmission, coupling Allison equipment in parallel with an electric motor from Remy to provide launch assist and regenerative braking.
On the job, Odyne says, a lithium ion battery pack from Johnson Controls “powers typical work site applications with the engine off for a significantly longer time than other large truck hybrid systems.”
Odyne says it “continues to be the only plug-in hybrid system on a medium- or heavy-duty truck to deliver greater fuel efficiency both while driving and at the work site.”
Odyne says too that it’s fielded more plug-in hybrid systems for large trucks throughout the United States than any other supplier. Major customers include Philadelphia’s Peco utility, which has 22 (F&F, June 9).
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