Efficient Drivetrains

Efficient Drivetrains

Efficient Drivetrains announced the first-of-its-kind plug-in truck with 40 miles (64 km) of all-electric range and 300 miles (over 480 km) total.  It's the Chevy Volt of big rigs!

Besides zero emissions capability, this retrofited Class-4 JAC truck also runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Official unveiling was held at the Voice of the Customer (VOC), hosted by CALSTART at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center on October 6.

Whether the CNG-PHEV plug-in truck will attract fleet managers or not depends mainly on prices of such vehicles, which wasn't mentioned.

News Highlights:

  • EDI, in partnership with Greenkraft, CALSTART and the California Energy Commission, designed and optimized an intelligent plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain and battery pack with 40 miles of all-electric range. The EDI team integrated the optimized EDI-Drive into a Greenkraft 14,500-pound class-4 medium-duty CNG truck.
  • EDI’s technology effectively tripled the miles per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of the baseline CNG-powered truck from approximately 9 miles per GGE to 27.
  • The CNG-PHEV can achieve 100-percent all-electric operations and entirely eliminate the use of compressed natural gas when in EV mode.
  • The EDI Power Drive’s lightweight, modular, inline form allows easy optimization for a wide range of vehicle types with minimal changes to the original vehicle chassis and frame, making rapid conversions and market introductions possible.