Company’s Unique Plug-In Hybrid System Designed for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks Lauded
Waukesha, WI – April 3, 2014 — Waukesha Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks, has been named a 2014 Eureka Innovation Award winner in the second annual Eureka Awards program sponsored by the Milwaukee Business Journal, one of 40 Business Journals throughout the U.S. operated by BizJournals, a Division of American City Business Journals. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid electric truck systems can reduce fuel consumption by up to 50% or greater depending upon the duty cycle, lower emissions and allow large work vehicles to operate quietly at a work site. Odyne’s proprietary and patented hybrid technology combines 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. The company will be recognized at a luncheon event in Milwaukee on May 9.
The Odyne hybrid system can be installed on both new and existing vehicles. The company is currently installing over 120 systems on new trucks throughout North America as part of a $45.4 million award from the Department of Energy, and is tapping Inland Power Group of Butler Wisconsin, an Allison Transmission distributor as its manufacturing and installation partner. Because work trucks typically have a 10 to 20 year life; retrofits quickly reduce fuel use and emissions of fleet vehicles as well. The company estimates that there are over 8 million vehicles over 14,000 pounds in the U.S. and upgrading existing trucks with newer technology will help to accelerate reductions in fuel use and emissions. Sold through a worldwide distribution network, the Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs.
Joe Dalum, President and CEO of Odyne Systems, commented, “We are excited to be a Business Journal Eureka Innovation Award winner. Odyne has a unique hybrid system – the only one that provides fuel reduction benefits both during drive time and at the job site, where crews can turn off the engine and power all attachments and tools as well as provide heat and air conditioning to the cab. An Odyne system typically runs throughout an 8 hour shift and the batteries are recharged in the evening at off-the-grid rates. We are pleased to hold X patents on this product and to be working with Johnson Controls, another local company, for the battery components and with Inland Power Group, an Allison Transmission distributor located in Butler, Wisconsin, for manufacturing and installation. Together we’ve brought 13 new jobs to Southeastern Wisconsin in late 2013 and 2014. We have a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced hybrid system solutions. This award is wonderful recognition that this new technology plays an important role providing alternative energy to hard working trucks.
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 systems for large trucks throughout the United States than any other supplier. Odyne systems are modular and are integrated to powertrains during the new vehicle manufacturing process or are retrofit to existing truck chassis in various applications. The systems are sold and serviced through a worldwide distribution network including Altec, DUECO and Terex Utilities. Odyne has also authorized selected Allison Transmission distributors to service Odyne systems across North America. 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 2,700 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.
About the California Energy Commission
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