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Efficient Drivetrains Debuts CNG-Electric Class 4 Commercial Truck

October 8, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Technology
Efficient Drivetrains Debuts CNG-Electric Class 4 Commercial Truck

Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, has introduced a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric Class 4 logistics truck, made possible by EDI’s drivetrain technology and vehicle control software.

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 was unveiled earlier this week at a CALSTART event at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center.

CALSTART developed the Voice of the Customer (VOC) event for EDI, with funding from the Southern California Gas Co. to give the manufacturer and supplier guidance on the powertrain concept, The VOC event and ride and drive provided 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 process.

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 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.