Odyne selected for U.S. DOE $45.4 million project
By Lindsey Anderson02 October 2013
Odyne Systems LLC, which displayed its advanced hybrid propulsion system at ICUEE, Oct. 1-3 in Louisville, KY, has been selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to develop and deploy over 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks throughout North America.
The plug-in hybrid system on display at ICUEE features an international chassis and is designed to interface with a wide variety of truck-mounted equipment. According to the company, Odyne’s plug-in hybrid truck system reduces fuel consumption by up to 50 percent, depending on the application at hand. “It also increases power while driving by using a rugged Remy electric motor in parallel with the existing drive train to provide launch assist and regenerative braking,” the company said.
“We are excited to be introducing several recent developments that are continually advancing hybrid and truck electrification technology,” said Joe Dalum, president of Odyne Systems LLC at a press conference. “Odyne’s worksite ePTO functionality and enhanced transmission propulsion interface, developed in coordination with Allison Transmission, provides unique benefits during both driving and stationary operations. Odyne had increased standard exportable power from the hybrid batteries by 60 percent to help eliminate the use of separate generators, incorporated state-of-the-art telematics as standard equipment and improved overall hybrid efficiency in comparison to earlier systems. The recent award from the DOE is very significant and will put the advantages of hybrid systems for large trucks to work in communities throughout North America. We also anticipate that the award will accelerate wide-scale use of our hybrid systems.”
Odyne holds six U.S. patents and two international patents in the hybrid field and another 20 patents are pending, the company said.