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New Staff Appointments, Patents, and Developments with Partners Demonstrate Continuing Industry Leadership in Hybrid Systems for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles.

Waukesha, WI, May 1, 2013 – Odyne Systems, LLC a leader in hybrid technology for large vehicles, is focusing additional investment to further enhance its systems engineering capabilities to deliver added value to customers.

New Appointments

Bill Mammen has been promoted to Director of Systems and Controls, driving development of propulsion systems for advanced hybrid vehicles.  Mammen will focus on identifying opportunities to further advance and leverage Odyne’s technology, delivering additional efficiencies for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Prior to joining the company in 2008, Mr. Mammen had over 14 years of experience in automotive engineering, manufacturing and advanced development, working on a variety of domestic and international programs with vehicle and component manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford, Visteon and ArvinMeritor.  Mammen has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering – Controls from the Michigan Technological University.

John R. Petras has been appointed as Director of Technical Programs, Principal Investigator for Odyne Systems with overall management responsibility for achieving the technical success of product development projects, while also complying with the financial and organizational objectives of the development process. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Mr. Petras had over 28 years of engineering and program management experience in the automotive, marine, and manufacturing industries.  He has worked on a variety of vehicle programs for General Motors in the roles of test, design and development engineer and led product development programs and the Advanced Engineering department for Mercury Marine.  He has extensive experience in managing engineering departments, product development processes and bringing new technology from initial concept into high volume production.  He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

New Patents/Innovation Awards
Odyne was awarded a U.S. patent April 2nd for their hybrid vehicle drive system and method and idle reduction system and method, bringing the total U.S. patent count to six, and two international patents.  The company has six additional U.S. patents and 14 international patents pending, as the company continues to develop industry leading technology that provides customers with unique benefits that surpass other systems on the market.

Odyne Systems was recently named winner of the 2013 Green Award for the advanced hybrid commercial vehicle developed in conjunction with ComEd of Chicago, IL and introduced at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show®.  The unique walk-in van, an entirely new application, is equipped with an Odyne plug-in hybrid system providing industry leading levels of electrical power from a large advanced battery system that significantly reduces fuel costs and emissions, while extending the life of the truck and providing a quieter work environment. Designed for ComEd’s underground electrical maintenance work in Chicago, the vehicle can be parked above a manhole to provide workers below with all their electrical needs, plus cooled or heated fresh air. The system significantly reduces engine chassis idling and delivers over 14 kW of power for tools and other applications, without the need for a separate diesel generator. The Green Award is presented annually by the NTEA to the corporation showcasing a product at the show that best advances work truck fuel utilization.

Joe Dalum, president of Odyne Systems, LLC commented, “We are very excited to introduce several recent developments that are continually advancing hybrid and truck electrification technology. The market is embracing our enhanced transmission interface, developed in coordination with Allison Transmission, and a new transmission application for the Allison 2000 series. We look forward to further optimization of the hybrid drivetrain and continued gains in efficiency through additional engineering collaboration with investment partner, Allison Transmission.”

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 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 approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at

About NTEA
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,550 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.