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PG&E, Allison Show Hybrid Peterbilt

May 31, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Allison’s H 3000 in a Peterbilt 348 at EUFMC in Williamsburg This Week

Pacific Gas and Electric, Allison Transmission and Peterbilt plan to show the first utility material handler truck equipped with the new Allison hybrid H 3000 system for commercial trucks at EUFMC, the Electric Utility Fleet Manager Conference vehicle expo in Williamsburg, Va. this coming week. updated with live photo June 3

Allison Enters Hybrid Truck Market

March 8, 2013 in Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Parallel Drive for Trucks Follows Success with Buses

Allison Transmission unveiled its entry into the commercial hybrid truck and shuttle bus markets at the Work Truck Show. Essentially an add-on hybridization of its current fully-automatic 3000 series transmission, the new parallel drivetrain is aimed at medium- and heavy-duty trucks in distribution, refuse, utility and shuttle applications.

Amp Buying Workhorse: $5m

March 7, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Amp Trucks to Be First with Full Factory Alt Fuel Range

Amp Holding, parent of Amp Electric Vehicles in Ohio, is purchasing Navistar’s Workhorse assets through a new Amp Trucks subsidiary – and says it will be the first to offer a full line of factory alternative fuel vehicles. “If it’s alternatively powered we’ll make it,” says Amp founder and CEO Steve Burns. (this March 4 item re-posted on March 7)

Amp EVs Sees $100K Lifetime Savings

February 2, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Medium-Duty Battery Truck Durability Trials with Ohio’s TRC

Hoping to make the case that its pure battery medium duty truck conversions can save operators $100,000 over a vehicle’s remaining ten years of service, Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles has engaged TRC (Transportation Research Center, also of Ohio) “to independently test the vehicle to ensure it can survive the rigors of package delivery in an environment where it is common to keep vans in service for 20 years or more.”

New Eagle Is a Remy Partner

September 14, 2012 in Electric Drive, Ethanol, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Michigan Firm Also Support Gaseous Fuel System Controls

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based New Eagle continues to promote its control solutions – products for making hybrid and electric drive vehicles run, as well as tools to help design those critical control elements. Beyond electric drivelines, New Eagle provides control solutions for fossil fuel vehicles.

Amp EVs for Navistar Step Van

August 28, 2012 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Step’ Toward Large EVs for Urban Delivery Segment

Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles reports delivery of a 100-mile, pure battery electric, heavy commercial step van to Navistar. The Amp driveline, which replaces a thirsty diesel engine, is suitable for both retrofit and new-vehicle use, says Amp president Steve Burns.

ALTe Targets Faster Fleet Placements

June 8, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Intend to Take a Crowdsourcing Approach,’ Says CEO

ALTe Powertrain Technologies, citing a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, has vowed to step up the placement of its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversions, in part via a new website designed to connect corporate and government vehicle purchasers with electric transportation stakeholders.

AMP Steps Up for FedEx Express

June 4, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Repower for ‘Quicker Payback’

Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles, which promotes conversion of passenger cars and SUVs to pure battery electric operation keeping all of the features and amenities of the OEM product, is getting a chance to do the same in commercial trucks.

FedEx Express is to deploy a pair of 700-cubic-foot, 14,000-lb GVW Amp-converted MT-45 walk-in vans in Washington, D.C. as part of its expansion from just 43 battery vehicles to 130 this year.

First Odyne-Drive Kenworth Trucks

April 27, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Odyne Hybrid Systems is talking up placement of large four bucket trucks by its parent Dueco, Inc. with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrains by Odyne.

The T370 vehicles are the first Kenworths to be deployed with the PHEV system, Odyne says.

The trucks for Milwaukee County were displayed at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisc. on April 20.

Remy Around the Show

March 9, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Remy mounted a display at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis last week, and perhaps more importantly, its motors could be seen on several vehicles at the show.

Odyne Work Trucks for Wisconsin

February 10, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Waukesha, Wisc.-based Odyne Systems reports delivery of seven trucks with its plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities in Wisconsin, noting that the vehicle buys were supported by the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program jointly administered through the Wisconsin State Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy Wisconsin Clean Cities.

Odyne Digger Derrick for ComEd

January 28, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Chicago-based ComEd has taken delivery of the first digger derrick with Odyne plug-in hybrid propulsion system “that will lower fuel costs up to 50%, reduce emissions and help create a quiet, safe working environment with good work site communications,” Odyne said Saturday.

Non-Rare Earths from Remy, and Remy for Amp EVs

January 22, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

Remy is developing a non-rare earth version of its power-dense HVH motors. The more economical motors are designed to complement the existing product line, as they will fit in the same packaging and use the same vehicle mounts.

Mercedes Hybrids for Deutsche Post DHL

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Daimler late last week reported delivery of ten diesel-fueled Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid vehicles to DP Fleet GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL, at the manufacturer’s plant in Wörth, Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales and marketing chief Ulrich Bastert (left) handed over the big key to ten Mercedes-Benz Atego Hybrid trucks to Gerd-Dieter Benzing, managing director of DP Fleet GmbH.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales and marketing chief Ulrich Bastert (left) handed over the big key to ten Mercedes-Benz Atego Hybrid trucks to Gerd-Dieter Benzing, managing director of DP Fleet GmbH.

The Atego Hybrid is the first series production hybrid truck in Europe, Daimler says.

Trials, including Deutsche Post DHL tests last year, indicate that the customer can expect fuels savings of up to 15% as compared with conventional diesel vans.

The Atego BlueTec Hybrid is based on the Atego 1222 L Euro 5, with 218-horsepower, 4.8-liter engine. The hybrid model has a water-cooled electric motor with maximum output of 44 kilowatts (59 horsepower), driven by lithium ion batteries. Other electric drive vehicle by Mercedes employ power-dense HVH motors from Remy International.

“The electric motor is installed behind the combustion engine and the clutch,” the manufacturer says, “but in front of the transmission. This configuration enables the truck to be powered by engine and motor together or by either of the drives on its own.

“The parallel hybrid drive enables start-up of the vehicle on electric power, recuperation by the electric motor and optimization of the diesel engine’s characteristic.” An automatic start/stop function for the engine further reduces fuel consumption, emissions and noise, “to zero at traffic lights,” Mercedes says.

The vehicles for Deutsche Post DHL will be deployed throughout Germany in the mail and freight segments: trucks assigned to DHL’s freight operations will operate in Wustermark and Hamburg, while the five Atego Hybrids to be used by the company’s mail division will go into service in Hennigsdorf, Dortmund, Cologne-Gremberghoven, Gersthofen and Kolbermoor.

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