Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Six Trucks Featuring Odyne Plug-in Hybrid Systems Delivered to Consumers Energy

Order Includes First System Powering an Under Deck Boss Compressor Truck

Waukesha, WI – October 21, 2014 – Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, announces that six new trucks featuring Odyne plug-in hybrid systems have been delivered to Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million residents in Michigan.


The vehicles delivered include three Terex Commander digger derricks, two Terex material handling bucket trucks and the first under deck compressor vehicle with a Boss hydraulic lift and compressor. The Odyne plug-in hybrid system powers the equipment on the trucks without use of the engine in most cases, saving fuel, reducing emissions and significantly reducing noise levels at the work site. Hybrid propulsion also increases vehicle efficiency during driving. The on-board Boss lift can stow, load and unload heavy air tools which will be used in Consumers Energy’s gas operations. The compressor powers a pneumatic jackhammer used to break up cement and pavement and also tests gas lines for leaks. The exportable power runs an electric pipe fusing machine. All six trucks feature IHC chassis, and DUECO, Inc. was the final-stage manufacturer.

The Odyne hybrid power system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology. 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. Odyne continues to be the only plug-in hybrid system on a medium- or heavy-duty truck to deliver greater fuel efficiency both while driving and at the work site.

The six trucks were manufactured as part of a $90 million program to produce about 300 plug-in hybrid trucks. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and California Energy Commission (CEC), with cost-share contributions from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the program participants. Odyne is developing and deploying about 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks for companies and governmental entities throughout North America as part of the award. The trucks delivered with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems will feature advanced smart grid capabilities to charge the hybrid batteries at the most opportune time, reducing charging costs and excess demand on the utility grid.

Consumers Energy has been using a 5FC-55 bucket truck equipped with an Odyne system delivered in 2011, which crew members appreciate.

Joe Dalum, President and CEO of Odyne systems noted, “With delivery of these six vehicles, we continue to expand the applications where an Odyne plug-in hybrid system is providing the power and advantages that only the Odyne system offers. Our hybrid system is unique in the industry in delivering unprecedented high efficiency power both during drive time and at the work site across many truck applications.”

For further information on those advantages, see Odyne’s new comparison chart at http://odyne.com/aboutodyne/242.html


About Odyne Systems, LLC
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid systems for large trucks throughout the United States than any other supplier. Odyne systems are modular and are integrated to powertrains during the new vehicle manufacturing process or are retrofit to existing truck chassis in various applications. The systems are sold and serviced through a worldwide distribution network including Altec, DUECO and Terex Utilities. Odyne has also authorized selected Allison Transmission distributors to service Odyne systems across North America. For further information, visit us at www.odyne.com  and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.

About DUECO, Inc. 
DUECO is a women-owned business and the largest independent provider of Terex bucket trucks, digger derricks, and cranes for the utility market in the nation. Additionally, DUECO manufactures custom utility truck bodies; distributes mini derricks/aerial lifts, stringing equipment and trailers; and supplies tools and accessories for all truck brands. Family owned and operated since 1955, DUECO’s philosophy of teamwork, integrity, and open communication with customers and employees ensures high quality equipment at the best value. With headquarters in the Metro Milwaukee area, DUECO services customers 24/7 in 17 states. To learn more, visit dueco.com or call 800-558-4004.

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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