And, John Deere Electronic Solutions Disclosed as Inverter Supplier
Odyne Systems said at ACT Expo 2014 that it’s teamed with Valley Power Systems of City of Industry, Calif. to install its plug-in hybrid systems on both new and used trucks for the California market, and also spread the word that John Deere Electronic Solutions would supply power inverters. updated with new contact information on May 16
Working with California Energy Commission support, Valley Power will provide sub-assembly installation and testing of hybrid systems for Wisconsin-based Odyne. And, Valley is to retrofit five existing work trucks, the latter under a $776,000 CEC contract administered by EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute.
Retrofitting trucks to plug-in hybrids is the fastest way to save fuel and cut emissions, said Odyne sales director Matt Jarmuz.
The Odyne hybrid system shown at ACT Expo included a 28-kilowatt-hour Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery, Remy HVH250 motor, JDES PD300 power inverter by Deere, and Allison transmission.
Working a Big DoE Contract Too
Odyne says that its plug-in hybrid drive reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs, “and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.”
Odyne Systems has been selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy award to develop and deploy plug-in hybrid systems for over 120 trucks for companies and governmental entities throughout North America in 2014 (F&F, June 18, 2013).
Allison Transmission is an equity partner with a non-controlling interest in Odyne. City of Industry, Calif.-based Valley Power Systems is a large Allison distributor
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.