Efficient Drivetrains Completes California Energy Commission Vehicle Program

EDI delivers fleet of Industry-First PHEV, Renewable CNG Armored Trucks

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions announced the completion of its California Energy Commission (CEC) program to build a fleet of six Plug-in-Hybrid Electric International-brand armored vehicles for end user fleet Sectran Security.

The fleet of six 26,000 pound, Class-6 medium duty armored 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 collaboration with the CEC is an exemplary program supporting the state of California’s rapid acceleration towards a zero emissions environment.

Fleet end user Sectran Security armored 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, but now risk 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. By deploying the full fleet of six, the vehicles enable Sectran to reduce annual diesel consumption by 31,000+ gallons, significantly reducing annual fuel costs, and emissions by up to 99.9 percent.

News Highlights:

  • Efficient Drivetrains announces the successful completion of its California Energy Commission program to integrate the company’s EDI PowerDrive™ 6000 into a fleet of six Class-6 International brand vehicles, and includes vehicle management and telematics capabilities with the integrated EDI PowerSuite™
  • The fleet of armored trucks will be used by Sectran Security in normal, Cash-In Transit routes-demonstrating a reduction in diesel consumption by over 31,000 gallons, which significantly reduces their annual fuel costs, emissions by up to 99.9 percent
  • The EDI PowerDrive™ 6000 has been durability tested over 3.8 million miles in a commercial fleet setting of city buses, and has been deployed across major North American OEMs including International, Freightliner, and Peterbilt platforms.
  • The vehicle program is a collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and North American Repower, and includes funding from the California Energy Commission, which approved a $3 million grant award from its Energy Research and Development Division
Supporting Quotes:

“The California Energy Commission continues to lead the nation in driving adoption of zero-emissions technologies. Programs like these have been essential in helping accelerate widespread fleet acceptance of diesel alternatives. EDI has proudly partnered with the CEC on several programs, and we look forward to our upcoming collaborations to extend zero-emissions capabilities into Port and Agriculture applications. For fleets looking to comply with emissions reduction requirements, EDI’s high-efficiency PHEV and EV solutions enable immediate fleet compliance with the added benefit of significantly reduced fuel costs and expected full vehicle performance.” -Joerg Ferchau, CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.


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