Odyne announced three of its plug-in hybrid system equipped tank trucks will be delivered to one of the largest electric power holding companies in the U.S.
Featuring Freightliner chassis with bodies built by Amthor, the trucks are equipped with Odyne hybrid systems that will lower fuel costs, reduce emissions, and help create a quiet, safe working environment with good work site communications, according to the company.
These are the first tank truck applications for the Odyne hybrid system and they will be used to fuel vehicles at three nuclear power plants, two in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. The vehicles at these sites never leave the power plant property and are fueled entirely by the company-owned tankers.
The Odyne plug-in hybrid system uses energy from a large advanced battery system to improve efficiency and power during driving. The system operates quietly in an all-electric mode at the work site, and is recharged using cleaner, domestically produced electricity from the grid. The Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology designed to help reduce fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50 percent compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.
The Odyne hybrid system interfaces with Allison 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series transmissions to provide launch assist and regenerative braking while driving for improved fuel economy.
The three tank trucks are part of a 300 vehicle, $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and South Coast Air Quality Management District of California (SCAQMD) award.