Department of Energy Program Administered Through the Electric Power Research Institute to Apply Over 120 Odyne Plug-In Hybrid Systems to Trucks Throughout North America
Waukesha, WI – April 24, 2014 — Odyne Systems of Waukesha and Inland Power Group of Butler, Wisconsin have teamed up to deliver on a $45.4 million contract from the Department of Energy, administered through the Electric Power Research Institute, to install over 120 Odyne plug-in hybrids systems on work trucks to be deployed throughout North America. Together, Odyne and Inland have added over 12 jobs to support the contract. Odyne was selected for the award in the medium and heavy duty truck category because its plug-in hybrid system is the only one on the market 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 Inland Power Group, one of the largest Allison distributors in the U.S as a manufacturing partner. Inland Power re-purposed a 12,000 sq. ft warehouse facility in Butler, Wisconsin to provide sub-assembly, installation and testing of the hybrid systems. Inland’s depth and experience with Allison transmissions, Oshkosh truck production and Detroit Diesel remanufacturing made it a great partner for this unique production opportunity. Dick Bossert, Vice President/GM at Inland commented, “Inland Power Group prides itself on being flexible and receptive to unique manufacturing opportunities, and our team is excited to be part of this cutting edge project.” Inland has a staff of 9 currently working full time on the Odyne project. The relationship with Allison Transmission distributor Inland Power Group compliments 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, or installing systems on existing vehicles to upgrade efficiency.
Odyne’s contract marks a significant step toward high-volume production of plug-in hybrid systems that are integrated with a wide variety of 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. Together, Odyne Systems and Inland Power Group will be delivering some of the newest technologies to commercial truck users across the country.
Joe Dalum, President and CEO of Odyne and the 2013-2014 Green Truck Association President noted, "We are excited to be working with Inland Power Group on this project. Odyne has a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, high quality advanced hybrid system solutions. Inland has the qualifications, resources and experience needed to provide additional manufacturing capacity to quickly meet growing demand. 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 Inland Power Group
Inland Power Group is the authorized distributor in Wisconsin, upper Michigan, NW Indiana and Illinois for Detroit Diesel & Mercedes-Benz On-Highway Engines; Detroit Diesel, MTU and Mercedes-Benz Off-Highway Engines; MTU Onsite Energy Generator Sets; and Allison Transmissions. The company is the distributor for Electromotive in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They are also the Jenbacher distributor for Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa. The company offers a full complement of truck and chassis parts for over 50 associated product lines.
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 employs 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., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.allisontransmission.com.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.