Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. Technology Featured in First-of-Its-Kind CNG-PHEV Class-4 Truck
Combines the Clean Power Benefits of Compressed Natural Gas and Plug-in
Hybrid Electric Technology With Minimal Changes to the Original Vehicle
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced
high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions,
today announced a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric
Class-4 logistics truck, made possible by EDI’s innovative drivetrain
technology and vehicle control software.
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The first-of-its-kind market-disruptive vehicle will help fleets switch
from petroleum-based liquid fuels to domestically available,
cleaner-burning natural gas and electricity. The truck will be
officially unveiled at a voice of the customer event hosted by CALSTART
at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center on October 6.
CALSTART developed the Voice of the Customer (VOC) event for EDI, with
funding from the Southern California Gas Company. Designed to give the
manufacturer and supplier guidance on the powertrain concept, the VOC
event and ride and drive will provide crucial user input. Before the
vehicle’s unveiling, CALSTART surveyed more than 30 fleets and developed
the event’s highly interactive agenda. After the event, CALSTART will
manage on-road emissions and fuel economy testing of the truck.
Additionally, the organization will issue follow-up user surveys to
solicit helpful feedback, further accelerating the commercialization
EDI, in partnership with Greenkraft, CALSTART and the California
Energy Commission, designed and optimized an intelligent plug-in
hybrid electric vehicle powertrain and battery pack with 40 miles of
all-electric range. The EDI team integrated the optimized EDI-Drive
into a Greenkraft 14,500-pound class-4 medium-duty CNG truck.
EDI’s technology effectively tripled the miles per gasoline gallon
equivalent (GGE) of the baseline CNG-powered truck from approximately
9 miles per GGE to 27.
The CNG-PHEV can achieve 100-percent all-electric operations and
entirely eliminate the use of compressed natural gas when in EV mode.
The EDI Power Drive’s lightweight, modular, inline form allows easy
optimization for a wide range of vehicle types with minimal changes to
the original vehicle chassis and frame, making rapid conversions and
market introductions possible.
“The Greenkraft CNG logistics truck in a plug-in hybrid configuration
further demonstrates the versatility of EDI Power Drive technology,
enabling the seamless replacement of the original mechanical system with
EDI’s straightforward, clean power drive system. We’re thrilled to
expand our solution offering and will continue to provide fleet
operators with cost and performance-optimized options for electrifying
-Joerg Ferchau, CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.
“We’re very excited about our new technology partnership with Efficient
Drivetrains. The collaboration on zero-emissions capable vehicles will
be a strong offering as the commercial trucking industry battles to
-George Gemayel, President, Greenkraft
EDI vehicle solutions: http://efficientdrivetrains.com/solutions.html
EDI’s PHEV CNG Video: http://on.fb.me/1Z5Se6c
EDI on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/efficient-drivetrains
EDI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/efficientdrivetrains
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) develops and markets a
range of state-of-the-art proprietary drivetrain products and
technologies that have direct application in PHEVs, HEVs, and BEVs
worldwide. EDI's leading-edge hybrid-electric drivetrain
systems and technologies enable zero-emissions driving and provide
significant cost and efficiency advantages for parallel and series
hybrid drivetrain architectures across nearly all platform classes and
configurations. EDI is currently active in automotive projects
throughout North America and the APAC region.
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Source: Business Wire
(October 6, 2015 - 8:15 AM EDT)
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