Possibility of 200 Idle-Slashing PHEV Trucks by End of 2016
‘To Reduce Pollution at the World’s Busiest Container Port’
Milpitas, Calif.-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. is supporting a new fleet of PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle trucks for the Port of Shanghai, “built in collaboration with one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers, Shaanxi Automotive.”
The Chinese government is putting increasing pressure on city officials to reduce pollution, EDI says. “Shanghai in particular is working toward the country’s emissions reduction goals, emulating best practices of the State of California to drive toward better air quality,” states a release.
The new trucks will be able to operate at 99,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW) with electrified vehicle accessories, including air conditioning and heating, allowing for driver comfort without idling the fuel engine, EDI says.
Long and Dirty Shifts
At the port of Shanghai, heavy duty trucks are used to move shipping containers and transfer large crates during shifts that run the fuel engine as long as 20 to 22 hours a day without stopping, EDI says. “The idling vehicles produce noise, fumes and heavy levels of emissions, all of which are eliminated with the use of EDI’s PHEV trucks specifically designed for port conditions.”
“EDI is providing the drivetrain system for the port truck which is OEM-manufactured by Shaanxi, one of the largest truck manufacturers in the world,” says co-founder and CEO Joerg Ferchau. The vehicle pictured above, he told F&F, “is going into testing at the Port of Shanghai in a week.”
“Shaanxi is forecasting acquiring up to 200 PHEV port trucks over the course of 2016,” the company says.
‘A Significant Customer Opportunity’
Ferchau terms the Port of Shanghai “a significant customer opportunity.”
“We will continue our commitment to help the country meet its aggressive emissions reductions goals and look forward to future green vehicle projects,” he says in the Shanghai announcement.
“EDI is uniquely positioned to develop technology for many applications given our modular drivetrain architecture and control software,” says EDI engineering director Joe Lin. “In this instance we’re able to electrify port vehicles weighing nearly 45 tons when carrying cargo, therefore reducing the use of conventional fuel vehicles at Shanghai’s port and moving the city towards a cleaner air future.”
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Source: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up