Efficient Drivetrains Now Offers EDI PowerDrive PHEV Kit For OEMs

JUN 6 2016 BY MARK KANE 11

Efficient Drivetrains EDI PowerDrive(TM) technology integrated into leading utility work trucks to electrify fleets

Efficient Drivetrains EDI PowerDrive(TM) technology integrated into leading utility work trucks to electrify fleets

Efficient Drivetrains introduces its OEM developer kits for manufacturers of plug-in hybrid trucks.

The kit includes the EDI PowerDrive extensible drivetrain, vehicle control software, electric power export option, and training with a developers support program.

In truth, we bet that there are many willing to supply electric drivetrain components to OEMs, but whether or not there is enough/any major OEMs interested…we are not sure.

EDI states that demand for commercial alternative fuel vehicles increases exponentially.

Among the many project EDI showed last year was a  CNG-PHEV Class-4 Truck and a PHEV Port Truck, as well as an armored vehicle and a Class 3 PHEV truck.

The EDI PowerDriveTM kit offers OEMs a robust and comprehensive framework for rapid PHEV vehicle solution development. Electrification kits include a high-efficiency drivetrain (EDI PowerDriveTM), vehicle control and telematics software (EDI PowerSuiteTM), and the training and support infrastructure to enable OEMs to drive quicker time to market in offering PHEV and EV vehicles. OEMs can also further customize their vehicle solutions with EDI’s Electric Power Export (Power2ETM) option—the capability to export a range of power directly from the vehicle for use in disaster recovery, jobsite maintenance, tool operation, and other applications.

The EDI PowerDriveTM system is less complex, more efficient, and lighter than any offering in the industry. The unique, inline form factor allows the drivetrain to integrate into any light, medium, or heavy duty vehicle design. The 4-mode system intelligently and automatically adapts its functions so it can operate as either a pure electric vehicle (EV) for trips around the neighborhood, or as a Series Hybrid, optimum for stop-and-go city traffic conditions, or as an efficient Parallel Hybrid that is ideal for the highway. It also features an EV+TM mode for hill climbing and added acceleration.

News Highlights:

  • EDI is now offering EDI PowerDriveTM evaluation kits for vehicle manufacturers, including telematics for vehicle analytics and fleet monitoring.
  • EDI’s initial evaluation systems have been installed across 6 leading OEM platforms in US and Asia.
  • EDI is currently working with several leading investor owned utilities in their fleet electrification initiatives.
  • OEMs implementing the EDI PowerDriveTM system benefit from a fully electrified work truck and job site power with integrated vocational options such as ePTO, Export Power for grid, and API for aerial devices and other PTO applications.
  • The company’s electric exportable power solution (Power2ETM) provides a wide variety of electric power export options to meet industry requirements across applications including: utility, telecom, construction, distribution, and more.
  • The EDI PowerDrive’s modular, inline form allows easy optimization for a wide range of vehicle types, making rapid market introductions possible, and provides full OEM vehicle performance.
  • Concurrent with the availability of the announcement, EDI has also broadened its patent portfolio with a number of new issued and applied for patents covering power export, drivetrain and software architecture innovations.

Joerg Ferchau, CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. said:

“Moving into mass production of our drivetrain solutions is the next phase of EDI’s business strategy. As OEMs struggle to build solutions quick enough to comply with regulations, EDI’s drivetrain and control software solutions are ideally suited to help them comply in the shortest timeframe possible.”

Charlie Travis, Head of Business Development, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. said:

“The extensibility of EDI’s system is the ideal vehicle electrification platform for the market, and will enable OEM and utility partners meet idle free, zero emissions requirements for city and highway driving, and at stationary job sites with zero impact to vehicle performance.”

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If anything this should light a fire under Bob Lutz’s can. The world would only wait so long for VIA Motors to start raising production – so if VIA isn’t going to do it with GM vehicles, others will do it with Fords.

PG&E initially evaluated the VIA, but now, it appears they are going with these guys. So whether it is greater reliability, greater economy or more functionality, they’ve made their choice.

If they ultimately decide to use VIA also, they’ll get some pricing power since VIA is no longer the only game in town.

Look awesome!

Nice to see my utility getting on the PHEV train!

And being the utility, they can probably charge them up anywhere they have access to a line and bill themselves.

How about a hydrogen solution instead?

See, for instance:


Wrong forum for hydrogen, sorry. Hydrogen fueling stations cost between $1-5 million to build. Hydrogen is the Beta of VCR’s. Electric is the future.

From an electric power supplier, that would be totally stupid.
Ask the fish if they pay for water.

Tell that to the City of Aberdeen where the success with their bus fleet seems evident. Despite the naysayers, hydrogen is a viable alternative in fleet scenarios where the cost of the station can be spread across the fleet. It also appears that Aberdeen’s cost through BOC (their hydrogen fuel station supplier) is far less than the price you quoted.

They state the hydrogen fueling station + production facility cost was around 1 million pound. That is ~$1.4 million. So more at the lower end of what “Bevo” stated.

They also state Hydrogen is 4 times more efficient than diesel, but do not say what the cost for fuel is in this article. Maybe you know more? Please share your information.


Apply the infrastructure costs over: (a) the number of vehicles (at least 10 buses and several cars now and more to come and the public’s private vehicles) and (b) the number of years. Then the initial outlay becomes less of an issue.

Its open to the public and thus supports the green effort and per BOC:

“The Aberdeen station uses water electrolysis to create the hydrogen. We use Hydrogenics alkaline electrolysers to create the hydrogen on site so using this method then as long as the energy is purchase on a Green Tarrif (from renewables) the hydrogen has a zero “well to wheel” carbon cost.”

I’m in favor of hydrogen as an alternative to electrification; both should be given priority over gas/diesel/natural gas, particularly in fleets.

While it may be that one alternative is at some point in time more economical than the other is irrelevant as competition is essential to drive the costs per green mile down as much as possible.

Why do carbon at all? Solar is way cheaper, no moving parts, quiet, efficient. I change off of solar, I drive a Chevy Volt so I can go anywhere. I know you’re paid by big oil, the only people that push H2 are either diluted, and can’t do the math or paid by big oil who wants H2. I’ll keep my solar amd my volt you can live right next to your H2 station and never go anywhere. Have fun paying $13 and equivalent gallon :-)!

Governments do lots of stupid stuff.

Google Japan and Hydrogen.