Remy's HVH 250 electric motor – the one Steve Burns, president of Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (AMP), once called "simply the best [electric motor] on the market today" – will find a home between the fenders of Odyne's medium- and heavy-duty trucks for the "long-term."
There is now one less company working on developing hybrid drive systems for trucks and buses. Odyne Corporation has been developing plug-in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks and buses. Unfortunately, while vehicles like school buses, garbage trucks and delivery trucks have the ideal duty cycle for a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with comparatively small operating area and lots of low speed start-stop operation, the cost premium was simply too much for operators to bear in the current
Odyne and Dueco announced an agreement last week that the two companies will work to develop a proprietary plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system that will be optimized for use in aerial lift trucks (sometimes known as cherry pickers, like the truck in the lower right in the image above).
Odyne Corporation, developers of advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, have revealed in their financial statements for 2006 that they have established an important new partnership with Nassau Suffolk Truck. Odyne develops proprietary electric and hybrid electric propulsion systems for advanced heavy PHEVs including trucks and buses ranging in weight from 19,501lbs to 45,000lbs GVW (Class 6,7 and 8). Components produced by Odyne include Traction Drives, Battery Chargers, DC-