Odyne Hybrid Honored by Wisconsin Professional Engineers | Construction News

Odyne Systems, LLC, Waukesha, Wis., has been named a 2014 Governor’s New Product Award winner by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE), an
organization of more than a thousand engineers. WSPE's mission is to support the
ethical practice of Professional Engineering.

Odyne earned The Best of State, First Place award in the small employment category in recognition of its plug-in hybrid system for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and for its economic contributions to Wisconsin through engineering initiative and innovation.

Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid electric systems for large trucks can reduce fuel consumption by up to 50%, depending upon the duty cycle, lower emissions, improve acceleration and allow large work vehicles to operate quietly at a job site, powering equipment and tools with the engine off.

Odyne’s systems can also provide heat and air conditioning to the cab without idling the engine and eliminate the need for generators by exporting power from batteries. The company holds more than 15 patents and has 25 patents pending.

Odyne’s proprietary hybrid technology combines reliable electric power conversion, power control, and energy storage technology. The 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.

In 2014, the company installed more than 120 systems on new trucks throughout North America as part of a $45.4 million award from the Department of Energy, administered by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and in performance of projects from the state of California.

John Petras, VP of engineering and principal investigator for Odyne, said, "We are
excited to be named a Governor’s New Product Award winner. I would especially like to recognize the professional engineers, without whom this award would not have been possible: Richard Swortzel, New Eagle, Mark Kosowski, EPRI, Michael Mitchell, Richard (Rit) Booth, and Thomas Widule, Rexnord Innovation Center."

Odyne's plug-in hybrid system will now compete with award winners from other states for the national new-product title.

Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation, lower fuel consumption and reduced operating and maintenance costs.