Award to Demonstrate and Enhance the Market Viability and Acceptance of Near-Term Commercial Applications of Alternative Technologies and Alternative Fueled Vehicles.
Waukesha, WI, April 29, 2013 – 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, LLC, 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, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks, 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.
“We are excited to be part of the California Energy Commission award. We have a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced hybrid system solutions, and this award will move us more rapidly toward wide scale use of our newest technology.” said Matt Jarmuz, Director of Sales for Odyne Systems.
About Odyne Systems, LLC
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid trucks to fleets throughout the United States than any other supplier. The company sells its unique modular hybrid system for new and retrofit applications direct to truck manufacturers and through a global distribution and service network. The name Odyne represents the combination of “O” for Optimal and “dyne” for power or force. Odyne’s hybrid system for medium and heavy duty trucks represents the best hybrid power solution for large trucks. For further information, visit us at www.odyne.com and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary, with a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa. Allison also has more than 1,500 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at www.allisontransmission.com.
CALSTART is North America’s leading clean transportation technologies and solutions consortium. CALSTART is the only organization working nationally to foster the rapid growth of the entire clean transportation technology industry. CALSTART serves as a catalyst for the comprehensive clean transportation industry as a way to create more jobs, clean the air, make the country more secure, and reduce the threat of global warming. CALSTART manages leading-edge technology programs while providing value-added services to its 150 member companies and consulting clients. For more information visit: www.calstart.org
About the California Energy Commission
The Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state’s appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies. For more information: www.energy.ca.gov.