Odyne Systems Fulfills Hybrid-Electric Powertrain Contracts For Commercial Fleets


Odyne Systems LLC, a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in building hybrid-drive systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, recently completed several orders for its plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities in the Midwest.

Odyne's technology combines electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology with Remy advanced electric propulsion motors and modular Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery systems. The company says the systems reduce fleet operating and maintenance costs and enable trucks to improve fuel economy compared to traditional diesel engines.

The company fulfilled orders that included the following:

  • Milwaukee County took delivery of four work trucks in December 2011 and January 2012 that will be used to maintain traffic signals and street lighting. Manufactured by DUECO Inc., the vehicles feature the first Odyne hybrid systems installed on a Kenworth truck chassis and are the first to power Venturo corner-mount cranes. The trucks feature fiberglass bodies and Terex TL60 aerial buckets.
  • Marshfield Utilities, serving the city of Marshfield, Wis., took delivery of its second hybrid truck, which features a Navistar chassis, Terex HRX55 boom and fiberglass body. The trucks are used for construction and maintenance of the Marshfield utility grid.
  • Wisconsin Public Power Inc. will soon be putting into service two new Terex TCX60 booms and fiberglass bodies on Navistar chassis with the Odyne hybrid system.
  • Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) has taken delivery of the first digger derrick featuring an Odyne plug-in hybrid system. The Terex Commander 4042 digger derrick features a DUECO Inc. flatbed on an IH 4300 chassis, and it will be used to maintain the electrical grid within Chicago.
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