Can Save 80% of Fuel, with 120 Kilowatts of Power Takeoff
Milpitas, Calif.-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. is promoting its plug-in hybrid electric drive with power takeoff for Class 3 utility trucks. The smaller truck offering rounds out EDI’s product line, the company says, making the PHEVs available to more operators.
Like the EDI drives for heavier trucks, the Class 3 product “provides 100% OEM performance and 100% zero emissions during city and highway driving, while also reducing emissions and fuel use by up to 80%.”
EDI claims 30 to 40 miles of all-electric range with zero emissions, a series-parallel extended range of 300 miles, bi-directional charging, and 50 to 120 kilowatts of grid-reliable exportable power – ePTO – with “enough battery capacity to operate vehicle accessories and job site work tools without idling the base diesel engine.”
“The light duty truck class is an important and high-volume vehicle category for fleet owners,” EDI sales and business development chief Charlie Travis said in a release.
Sedans Are Planned Too
“The creation of a PHEV version with power export is an integral step towards significantly reducing emissions and fuel consumption for the utility and telecom industries,” he said.
In addition to providing significant emissions and fuel-use reductions with no corresponding loss in vehicle performance, EDI’s PHEV trucks can
- provide 24 hours or more of jobsite ePTO;
- generate useful power for up to 12 hours idle-free for a variety of stationary uses and power restoration during natural disaster recovery, mass transportation industry power outages, and planned and unplanned electrical outages;
- charge other electric vehicles; and
- store electrical energy for other purposes without affecting driving range.
EDI says it “will continue its focus in tech innovation for the utilities and telecom industry with a focus on expanding its portfolio into sedans and heavier duty work trucks.
“EDI will also form industry partnerships, merging state of the art electrification technologies to bring a best in class ‘most efficient and connected work truck’ to the world.”
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Source: EDI/Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up