Odyne and Dueco Introduce Plug-in Hybrid Aerial Lift Truck

Odyne Corporation, Hauppauge, N.Y., a developer of hybrid electric vehicle technology, and Dueco, Inc., Waukesha, Wis., one of the largest utility equipment manufacturers in the country, introduced the first plug-in hybrid electric diesel aerial lift truck this week at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE).

Odyne and Dueco have developed a PHEV propulsion system for the vehicle that minimizes fuel use and emissions in a typical aerial truck mission and can recharge at off hours using low-cost electricity from the nation's electric grid. The system can also be recharged at any point with the conventional diesel engine. The system will provide the fuel efficiency and emission enhancements, typical of a hybrid vehicle, while the truck is traveling to and from the work site.

Odyne's battery management systems, in conjunction with its control technology, will also power the material handling aerial device (TLM50M), manufactured by Terex, for up to eight hours of aerial lift operation time.

"Until now, aerial lift trucks, which are used equipped with a bucket for workmen to access the tops of telephone and electric polls, required power from an idling engine to operate in the field for a full work day or to run the air conditioning," said Alan Tannenbaum, CEO of Odyne. “This Dueco partnership is another sales channel for Odyne to lead industry and government into more environmentally sound technologies."

"Dueco has been providing the utility industry with the most advanced equipment since we began operation 50 years ago," said Thomas Dalum, president of Dalum-Dueco, Inc. “We're ready to take orders for this vehicle technology that will help the nation's utilities conserve energy, limit fuel emissions and further advance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology."

The Dueco International (2008 4300 SBA 4x2) is equipped with a 255-hp; 660-pound torque IHC MaxxxForceDT and an Automatic Allison 3500_RDS_P transmission.

The propulsion system requires an eight-hour charge time. The on-board charger power is 5 kW, and the battery energy reserve is 35 kWh. The motor size is 50 kW, regen and traction assist.

Visit www.odyne.com for more information.