Odyne Systems LLC (Waukesha, WI), has won The Work Truck Show 2013 Green Award for an advanced hybrid commercial vehicle it developed with ComEd (Chicago, IL).
The Work Truck Show 2013, held March 6 to 8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, showcased the latest commercially viable hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Odyne used the event to introduce a unique walk-in van equipped with a plug-in hybrid system providing electrical power from a large advanced battery system. The batteries can be recharged for uninterrupted extended operations at the work site by the chassis engine, or through cleaner energy from the grid. The new hybrid system provides benefits during driving and stationary operations by reducing fuel consumption, emissions and work site noise.
Designed for ComEd’s underground electrical maintenance work in Chicago, the van is built on a chassis from Freightliner Custom Chassis utilizing a Utilimaster walk-in van body and Team Fenex manhole air delivery system. 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 chassis engine idling and delivers over 14 kW of power for tools and other applications without the need for a separate diesel generator.
The Odyne system utilizes an Allison 2000 series fully automatic transmission, Remy electric motor and Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery packs. When the van is being driven, hybrid components provide launch assist and regenerative braking, for improved performance and higher efficiency. The Odyne plug-in hybrid system is the only hybrid electric system designed to operate with an Allison 2000 series transmission. Its parallel hybrid configuration interfaces with the vehicle’s existing drivetrain, allowing for cost-effective installation while fully retaining the transmission warranty.
“We are very excited to bring this advance in hybrid and truck electrification technology to ComEd in an entirely new application that will significantly reduce their fuel costs and emissions, while extending the life of the truck and providing a quieter work environment,” says Joe Dalum, President of Odyne Systems LLC. “We envision that other communities with significant underground systems or companies with the need to export power quietly will be interested in exploring this technology to reduce their cost of operation while boosting productivity. We also look forward to further optimization of the hybrid drivetrain and continued gains in efficiency through Odyne’s engineering collaboration with investment partner Allison Transmission.”
The Green Award is presented annually to the Work Truck Show product that best advances work truck fuel utilization as determined by a panel of trade media editors and fleet managers.