Odyne’s Advanced Export Power System Replaces Dedicated Generators on Trucks
Odyne Systems, LLC, May 13, 2014 – The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system for medium- and heavy-duty trucks incorporates new advanced technology capable of providing scalable pure sine exportable power of up to 6kW or greater from the hybrid battery system to power large electrical loads, equipment and tools. The Odyne export power system has been tested to 18kW and is designed for applications up to 36kW, potentially eliminating the need for vehicle mounted or towed independent electrical generators, or the need to continually idle the truck to operate engine driven generators, reducing operating costs. The Odyne system provides consistent power conversion throughout the entire range of the battery charge. The system will operate without interruption at the work site, even if battery capacity drops, since the hybrid system has the ability to recharge the battery quickly by temporarily using the chassis engine, if needed.
The robust design of the inverter features external mounting capabilities, advanced diagnostics and improved communications capabilities for accurate control, easier servicing, power use reporting and customized programming to optimize system performance. The new system can free up space within the truck body and its unique design provides flexibility in meeting varying power requirements. Operators especially appreciate not having to maintain and fuel separate engine driven generators.
An Odyne hybrid 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. The system features 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. The unique PTO (Power Take-off) interface provides a direct connection between the hybrid system and the transmission, enabling improved fuel efficiency. When the truck is driving, the Odyne hybrid system utilizes electric launch assist and regenerative braking to save fuel. When the truck is stationary, Odyne’s hybrid system powers most equipment for the entire work day with the engine off. Sold through a worldwide distribution network, the Odyne hybrid system provides benefits for new and existing work trucks.
John Petras, Vice President of Engineering at Odyne, commented “Odyne closely collaborated with one of the world’s leaders in power conversion technology and manufacturing to develop the unique and proprietary advanced export power inverter that is a key component within the system. Odyne is very pleased to offer a highly scalable solution to meet the increasing demands for efficient electrification of truck and worksite loads. This technology, combined with our existing plug-in charging and smart grid capability, also takes Odyne one step closer to providing more advanced functionality, such as vehicle to grid bi-directional capabilities.”
Odyne Systems has been selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to develop and deploy plug-in hybrid systems for over 120 trucks throughout North America in 2014.
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 (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.