The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Odyne Systems LLC and CALSTART an award for “Advanced Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Technologies Pre-Commercial Demonstrations.” Under the award, CALSTART will function as the program manager and Odyne Systems will demonstrate the installation of advanced diesel plug-in hybrid electric truck systems within California, and deploy four advanced plug-in hybrid vehicles within California. The California Energy Commission is contributing up to $462,600 in funds towards the projects. Participants and other partners in the projects will provide additional funds.
Odyne Systems has developed proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control, and energy storage technology. The Odyne hybrid power system interfaces with Allison Transmission’s industry leading fully-automatic transmissions, Remy advanced electric propulsion motors with industry leading power density and efficiency, Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery technology and other robust, automotive quality components. Sold through a worldwide distribution network, 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% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.