Odyne Partners with Allison Transmission’s California Distributor, Valley Power Systems, Inc., for Plug-In Hybrid Installations
Original date: May 2014
Valley Power to Install Odyne Plug-In Hybrid Systems in New Trucks and Retrofit to Existing Trucks Under Programs with CalStart and the Electric Power Research Institute
Odyne Systems, LLC, May 5, 2014 – Odyne Systems of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Valley Power Systems, Inc. of City of Industry, California have teamed up to to install Odyne plug-in hybrid systems on new commercial trucks for the California market. Under a contract from the California Energy Commission, administered through Calstart, Valley Power will integrate new hybrid systems on truck chassis for Odyne in California. Valley Power Systems will also retrofit five existing work trucks in the California market with advanced Odyne plug-in systems under a recently announced California Energy Commission agreement, ARV-11-013, administered through the Electric Power Research Institute.
The Odyne hybrid system is the only plug-in hybrid in the market for medium and heavy duty vehicles that reduces fuel consumption both while driving and at the work site, enabling companies and government fleets to reduce operating costs, while also better meeting sustainability objectives. The Odyne hybrid system, featuring Johnson Controls lithium-ion batteries and a Remy advanced electric propulsion motor proven in over 2 billion road miles, 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 worked with Allison Transmission, an equity partner with a non-controlling interest in Odyne, to seek out Valley Power Systems, Inc., a large Allison distributor, as a manufacturing and installation contractor. Valley Power will provide sub-assembly installation and testing of hybrid systems for Odyne. Valley Power’s depth and experience with Allison transmissions and engagement in the California truck market made it a great choice for this unique production opportunity.
Mike Lee, Vice President at Valley Power, commented, “Valley Power Systems prides itself on being at the forefront of emissions reduction technology in California. Working with Odyne is an exciting step forward in offering solutions for the California truck market.”
The relationship with Allison Transmission distributor Valley Power Systems complements Odyne’s strategy to establish a highly scalable manufacturing network capable of integrating the Odyne hybrid system during the new vehicle build process on trucks over 14,000 pounds, and installing systems on existing vehicles to upgrade efficiency.
Odyne’s contracts mark a significant step toward high-volume production of plug-in hybrid systems that are integrated with a wide variety of new and existing truck chassis and work seamlessly with robust, industry leading transmissions from Allison. Odyne hybrid systems interface with the vehicle transmission through a PTO on the popular 3000 and 4000 series transmissions. The results from this alignment with Allison will go a long way toward accelerating commercialization of plug-in hybrid technology.
Joe Dalum, President and CEO of Odyne and the 2013-2014 Green Truck Association President noted, “We are excited to be working with Valley Power Systems on these projects. Odyne is focused on innovation and delivery of reliable, high quality advanced hybrid system solutions. Valley Power has the qualifications, resources and experience needed to help meet the growing demand for Odyne plug-in hybrid systems in the California market. Odyne looks forward to further expansion in cooperation with other companies within the broader global Allison distribution and dealer network.”
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 Valley Power Systems, Inc.
Valley Power Systems, Inc. is a factory authorized power solutions provider for some of the most recognized engine and equipment manufacturers in the world, including Allison Transmission. Valley is family owned and operated and has been in business in California since 1949, offering new product sales, parts and service. The Valley team specializes in diesel and natural gas power solutions for markets such as Heavy-Duty On-Highway, Transit & School Bus, Agricultural, Mining, Construction & Industrial, Power Generation, Commercial Marine & Pleasure Craft and Emissions & After-Treatment.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employes approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hugary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.allisontransmission.com.