Odyne Systems, a Waukesha, WI-based developer of hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, has delivered seven trucks featuring the Odyne advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities throughout Wisconsin. The new units are anticipated to deliver fuel efficiency over a conventional truck of up to 50% annually, depending upon the use of the truck.Odyne’s proprietary and patented hybrid technology combines electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology with Remy advanced electric propulsion motors, modular Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery systems and other robust, automotive quality components.
The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system reduces fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain significant fuel economy improvements compared to traditional diesel engines. The Odyne advanced hybrid system also lowers emissions and provides a quiet, safe working environment, according to a company announcement.
Odyne hybrid systems are modular and can be applied to a wide range of new and existing commercial work vehicles. DUECO, Inc., of Waukesha, WI, sold and applied the advanced system to the seven vehicles. The hybrids were allocated as follows:
• Milwaukee County took delivery of four work trucks in December 2011 and January 2012. The vehicles feature the first Odyne hybrid systems installed on Kenworth truck chassis and are the first to power Venturo corner-mount cranes. The trucks feature fiberglass bodies and Terex TL60 aerial buckets.
• Marshfield Utilities took delivery of its first Odyne hybrid truck in 2009. A second truck with a more advanced Odyne plug-in hybrid system was delivered in December 2011. Both units feature a Navistar chassis, Terex HRX55 booms and fiberglass bodies.
• The Richland Center unit of Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. took delivery of a Terex TCX60 boom and fiberglass body on a Navistar chassis with the Odyne hybrid system.
• The Lake Mills Unit of Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. also took delivery of a new Terex TCX60 with a fiberglass body on a Navistar chassis.
Communities and utilities receiving the new technology were partially funded under the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program jointly administered through the Wisconsin State Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy Wisconsin Clean Cities Program.
“The implementation of this technology in the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program has resulted in efforts not only to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum, but to additionally improve air quality and develop statewide economic opportunities,” Lorrie Lisek, executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities Southeast Area, Inc., said.