‘First Company to Complete the CARB Aftermarket Exemption Process’
Medium and heavy duty work trucks converted to plug-in hybrid electric operation by Odyne Systems have been approved for sale by the California Air Resources Board, the upfitter reported yesterday. The trucks with Remy motors and Johnson Controls lithium batteries, and Allison transmissions, are available for both newly delivered and veteran vehicles.
“Odyne becomes the first company to complete the CARB aftermarket exemption process and receive an Executive Order for medium and heavy duty trucks for a plug-in hybrid solution” states a company release.
The order states that installation of the Odyne system “has been found not to reduce the effectiveness of the applicable vehicle pollution control system,” the company said, noting that it applies to 2013 to 2015 model year vehicles (as noted in the tables below).
‘Proprietary and Patented Hybrid Technology’
CARB Executive Order D-750 constitutes an exemption from Section 27156 of the California Vehicle Code.
“The Odyne hybrid power system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology,” Odyne says. A “unique PTO (power take-off) interface provides a direct connection between the hybrid system and the transmission, enabling improved driving fuel efficiency.
“When the truck is stationary,” Odyne notes, its “hybrid system and ePTO can power most equipment for the entire work day with the engine off. The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% or greater compared to non-hybrid vehicles.”
“We have a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced plug-in hybrid system solutions,” Odyne controls director Bill Mammen said in the company’s Thursday announcement.
Potential customers who have operated Odyne plug-ins on a test basis include the Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison utilities.
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