Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions’ has built a fleet of six Plug-in-Hybrid Electric International-brand armored vehicles for end user fleet Sectran Security. Renewable natural gas (RNG) is employed for range extension.
The fleet of six 26,000 pound, Class-6 medium duty armoured trucks marks the creation of another industry-first for Efficient Drivetrains zero emissions PHEV trucks that operate primarily with electricity, and feature range extension utilizing cleaner, renewable natural gas. The result is a fleet that operates with the same expected OEM performance while reducing emissions by up to 99.9% in certain duty cycles.
The vehicle program is a collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and North American Repower, and includes funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC), which approved a $3 million grant award from its Energy Research and Development Division. The program was designed to integrate the company’s EDI PowerDrive™ 6000 into the six Class-6 vehicles, and includes vehicle management and telematics capabilities with the integrated EDI PowerSuite™.
Fleet end user Sectran Security armoured vehicles make frequent stops as part of their highly congested city routes in Southern California. At each stop, engines are kept idling for security purposes. This practice risks violating California’s strict diesel idling regulations, which prohibit idling the engine for more than five minutes. With the modernized PHEV trucks, engine idling is eliminated entirely, by operating in all-electric mode during stop-and-go operations, and in hybrid mode using RNG during highway operations.
Deploying these vehicles enables Sectran to reduce annual diesel consumption by 31,000+ gallons, significantly reducing annual fuel costs, and emissions by up to 99.9 percent.
Source: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.