Utility work trucks: Odyne Systems LLC, a manufacturer of hybrid systems for medium- and heavy- duty work trucks, has been approved as an eligible vehicle for the recently expanded Drive Clean Chicago program, promoting clean air and better business solutions for Chicago’s fleets. Under the program, $11,295,000 has been funded for vouchers for alternative fuel vehicles over 6,001 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and public stations in the city of Chicago and its six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. The incentives under the program cover 80% of the incremental cost of the vehicle.
Drive Clean Chicago aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced vehicle technologies for the commercial truck and taxi sectors. By reducing the cost of a new alternative fuel vehicle or the development of a public alternative fuel station, Chicago fleet owners can begin to see significant economic gains while creating a sustainable future for Chicago’s transportation system. The program (http://www.drivecleanchicago.com/) is open to fleet owners, leased vehicle operators, manufacturers, vehicle technology vendors and station developers.
The Odyne hybrid power system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology. An Odyne plug-in hybrid system lowers fuel consumption by up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines, reduces emissions and provides quieter operation at the work site. The Odyne system is the only one approved to interface with Allison Transmission’s industry leading fully-automatic transmissions and uses a rugged Remy electric motor in parallel with the existing drivetrain to provide launch assist and regenerative braking. At the work site, the Odyne hybrid system has the largest battery and exportable power system options available. Odyne continues to be the only plug-in hybrid system on both medium- and heavy-duty trucks to deliver greater fuel efficiency both while driving and at the work site.
Matt Jarmuz, Director of Sales for Odyne Systems noted, "We are excited to qualify under this expanded program and look forward to working closely with truck owners in the Chicago area to apply environmentally friendly Odyne hybrid systems to their vehicles. We have a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced hybrid system solutions, and we are excited to be part of this program.”
Odyne hybrid systems are approved for the Drive Clean Chicago alternative fuel vehicle voucher program.
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.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide.
About Drive Clean Chicago
Drive Clean Chicago, funded by resources from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program, is an innovative incentive program aimed at creating a roadmap for a greater alternative fuel transportation network for Chicago. The program provides important incentives to help Chicago area fleet owners purchase cleaner vehicles that are better for business and the environment. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is partnering with CALSTART, a national non-profit organization specializing in clean transportation initiatives and The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) to develop and implement Drive Clean Chicago.