Odyne Systems delivers plug-in hybrid work trucks supported by the DOE

Waukesha, Wisc., March 5, 2012 — Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks, received project approval from the Department of Energy in 2009 under a Congressionally directed project to accelerate the development of plug-in hybrid systems that reduce fuel use up to 50 percent and reduce emissions.

Five advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion vehicles funded by the DOE development project have now been completed and have been delivered to customers by DUECO, Inc., the final stage truck manufacturer. Companies receiving the new technology include:

Choptank Electric Cooperative, a Maryland based Touchstone Energy Cooperative, took delivery of a plug-in hybrid bucket truck with a Terex HR42M aerial device to be used in maintenance of electric lines. Choptank is the first electric cooperative to take delivery of the new Odyne advanced hybrid power system.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties, took delivery of a plug-in hybrid utility truck with a Terex 5FC55 55′ aerial device.

NiSource, a utility in Northern Indiana, took delivery of a plug-in hybrid bucket truck with a Terex TL41 aerial device for use in maintenance and construction of its electrical utility grid.

NV Energy will use its plug-in hybrid underground utility vehicle featuring a Vanair underdeck compressor for maintenance of underground natural gas infrastructure in the Reno, Nevada area. This unit had been built for NV Energy as a conventional vehicle and Odyne retrofitted its advanced plug in hybrid power system to enhance its efficiency.

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