Efficient Drivetrains Reveals Plug-In Hybrid Truck

APR 11 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. rounds out its utility solutions with a Class 3 PHEV truck

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. rounds out its utility solutions with a Class 3 PHEV truck

EDI's  Chevy Silverado 3500 Class 3 PHEV

EDI’s Chevy Silverado 3500 Class 3 PHEV

California-based Efficient Drivetrains announced its Class 3 PHEV truck based on the Chevy Silverado 3500.

According to the press release, all-electric range stands at 30-40 miles, and there are series and parallel modes available. Not much detail nor price is detected in the release though.

“The vehicle is an industry-first PHEV, built upon one of the most popular Light Duty Class 3 Detroit OEM commercial fleet trucks. It is the only Class 3 commercial work truck in the world that has 30-40 miles of all-electric range and delivers zero emissions. The vehicle also features a series-parallel extended range of 300 miles, bi-directional charging, 50-120 kW of grid reliable exportable power, and enough battery capacity to operate vehicle accessories and job site work tools without idling the base diesel engine.”

In general, this concept of a plug-in truck is similar to VIA Motors, although this one is Class 3 (10,001 to 14,000 lbs), while VIA offers Class 2 (6,001 to 10,000 lbs).

Interesting is 50-120 kW bi-directional charging capability, which potentially would make those vehicles power plants on wheels.

“In addition to providing significant emissions and fuel-use reductions with no corresponding loss in vehicle performance, EDI’s entire PHEV lineup can be used to store electrical energy for other purposes without affecting driving range. EDI’s Power DriveTM allows the vehicle to generate useful power for up to 12 hours idle-free for a variety of stationary uses and power restoration during natural disaster recovery, mass transportation industry power outages, and planned and unplanned electrical outages. The vehicles are also capable of charging other pure electric vehicles when needed. Available in multiple configurations, EDI’s line of high-performance PHEV trucks also offer a variety of additional in-demand solutions, including jobsite idle elimination, 24+ hours of jobsite ePTO, the industry’s only parallel-series drivetrain architecture, and proprietary control software and algorithms that efficiently coordinate all vehicle components for optimum fuel economy and emissions reductions.”

Charlie Travis, head of sales and business development at EDI, stated:

“The light duty truck class is an important and high-volume vehicle category for fleet owners. The creation of a PHEV version with power export is an integral step towards significantly reducing emissions and fuel consumption for the utility and telecom industries. We’re thrilled to be a key contributor to the greening of America’s fleets.”

EDI PHEV truck

EDI PHEV truck

Source: EDI via Green Car Congress

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8 Comments on "Efficient Drivetrains Reveals Plug-In Hybrid Truck"

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In my mind these are some of the most important vehicles to electrify. Biggest ROI for fuel savings and environmental protection.

Cool truck. It’s as aerodynamic as a brick. Good job!

30 to 40 miles could save them a LOT of money on gas/diesel. Especially if you charge up at the job site.

But I think the problem is that the up-front cost of these vehicles will be really high until they become something done at the factory and not as an option.

Towing capacity? Because that is a major consideration in this class of truck.

How is this any different/better than VIA’s offerings?

Aaron it’s different if you actually read the article, and for several reasons:
-bi-directional charging allowing you to power your house using the heavy duty Diesel engine.
-this is a class 3 truck, which is a heavy duty 3500 as opposed to the light duty vehicles VIA is doing. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ANIMAL.

What size is the battery? What is the up fit cost? Thx PAUL