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Odyne Targets 50% Plug-In Fuel Savings

February 3, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Funding of $2.9 Million with Partners Including Freightliner:
‘We Have Assembled a Great Team,” Says Odyne Engineering VP

Odyne Systems is to apply $2.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to develop and demonstrate Class 5 though Class 7 plug-in hybrid electric work trucks.

Duke Energy work truck equipped with Odyne plug-in hybrid system

Duke Energy work truck equipped with Odyne plug-in hybrid system

EERE wants to see a system that can “reduce fuel consumption by more than 50% and eliminate fuel consumption during stationary operations.”

Including contributions by Odyne and its partners, the project value is reckoned at approximately $7 million. Supporting partners include Freightliner, Allison Transmission, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, and DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

An Odyne-outfitted ComEd work truck plugged in for a charge

An Odyne-outfitted ComEd work truck plugged in for a charge

‘Fully Electrifying Jobsite Functions’

“We have assembled a great team,” project lead (and Odyne engineering VP) John Petras says in a company release.

“The project will focus on significantly improving driving fuel efficiency of work trucks and fully electrifying jobsite functions to achieve greater than 50% reduction in daily fuel use,” Odyne says. Demonstrations by “major fleets” are planned.

Odyne current fuel-saving hybrid driveline modification is pared with Allison 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series transmissions to provide launch assist and regenerative braking while driving for improved fuel economy.

Modular, Versatile

The Odyne systems can power such work truck electrical equipment as hydraulic lifts, air compressors and jackhammers, with the engine off. The can support six to 18 kilowatts of exportable power, “plenty of power to replace a generator for almost any work site job.”

“Odyne systems are modular, and can be applied to a wide range of work truck chassis in various applications,” the company says. “They can also be applied to existing trucks.’

Odyne says further that it “has fielded more Class 5 through 7 plug-in hybrid work trucks to fleets throughout the United States than any other supplier.” The company got approval from its aftermarket system in California in 2015 (F&F, October 16, 2015).

The U.S. work truck market is estimated at 145,000 vehicles annually, Odyne says, with an installed base of over 1.4 million vehicles.

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Source: Odyne Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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