California Energy Commission Gives Odyne Systems and CALSTART Award to Demonstrate Capabilities of Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Technology

Odyne Systems and CALSTART have received an award from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate the capabilities of a diesel plug-in hybrid electric truck in California.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Odyne Systems LLC and CALSTART an award for “Advanced Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Technologies Pre-Commercial Demonstrations.” Under the award, CALSTART will function as the program manager and Odyne Systems LLC will demonstrate the installation of advanced diesel plug-in hybrid electric truck systems within California, and deploy four advanced plug-in hybrid vehicles within California. The California Energy Commission is contributing up to $462,600 in funds towards the projects. Participants and other partners in the projects will provide additional funds.

Odyne Systems LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, has developed 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. Sold through a worldwide distribution network, the Odyne plug-in hybrid drive 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.

"We are excited to be part of the California Energy Commission award. We have a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced hybrid system solutions, and this award will move us more rapidly toward wide scale use of our newest technology,” says Matt Jarmuz, Director of Sales for Odyne Systems.