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Off-Road Hybrids Calstart is sharpening its focus in construction and off-road vehicles, hoping to duplicate the success of its HTUF utility and HVIP fleet purchase price initiatives in the highly diverse sector. —Page 5

Trash Truck Faceoff Organizations including Calstart and the National Grid utility are bankrolling an in-service New York City trial of nearly half a dozen clean truck types including a variety of hybrids, one of them natural gas-fueled. —Page 6

An Eaton First Eaton offers several varieties of both electric and hydraulic drivetrains. Now the first Freightliner with Eaton’s HLA parallel hydraulic drive has been exhibited. —Page 8

Big Boys in Buses Eye Hybrid Trucks Allison Transmission and BAE Systems are working government-backed initiatives that may take the two (parallel and series, respectively) bus hybrid drivetrain leaders into the truck sector. —Page 13

FCCC Unveils Aero Walk-In An all-new, all-electric walk-in van with range of up to 100 miles was unveiled here yesterday by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp — in cooperation with Morgan Olson for the aerodynamic body. The new delivery van is built on FCCC’s MT-EV chassis, launched earlier this year, and is, says director of sales and marketing Jonathan Randall, “100% North American-engineered.” Enova Systems supplies the 120-kilowatt drive system technology and Tesla Motors the lithium-ion battery packs that will charge from fully depleted to fully charged in six to eight hours.

HTUF 2010 Opens in Army Country Calstart is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its successful Hybrid Truck Users Forum here this week, having brought the show to the home territory of its longtime sponsor, the U.S. Army — specifically the Army’s National Automotive Center and TARDEC: the Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center. The venue is especially appropriate as the Army getting ready to buy hybrid vehicles in volume. It and the other armed services have all set significant fuel-saving goals. Both military Calstart senior VP Bill Van Amburg (above left), with U.S. Army and commercial vehiTARDEC director Paul Skalny and Calstart president John Boesel as the three take a break at HTUF 2010 Tuesday. HTUF senior program cles are here for Thursmanager Richard Parish (left) was busy running the show’s workday’s ride-and-drive. shops and special sessions, including OEM presentations. This year’s gathering is the biggest HTUF too. “I’m very pleased with the F&F ShowTimes here Tuesday afternoon. “We’ll be close attendance,” Calstart president John Boesel told to 700 people,” he said, “10% better” than last year.

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Abas Goodarzi (in tie and shirtsleeves, left) of US Hybrid keeps mostly in the background, but tells F&F ShowTimes how he sees New York City emerging as the real American proving ground for hybrid electric vehicles. And, Goodarzi warns that the nascent clean vehicles sector may be ripe for a shakeout. —Pages 4 & 7


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Calstart Celebrates HTUF’s Decade of Achievement Dear HTUF Attendees: Welcome to the Tenth Anniversary of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. This is a time for fleets and manufacturers, military and commercial to celebrate the progress that has occurred in overcoming market and technology barriers: ten years ago, no truck manufacturer offered a hybrid truck for sale. Fast forward to today and every major truck maker has a hybrid in production or pre-production, and most have multiple products. And, several now have plans for all electric trucks. That’s a lot to celebrate and we’ll be doing it in fine style this week. We kick off this morning with an array of dignitaries beginning with a welcome from a very important Calstart partner, Dr. Grace Bochenek, Director of NAC/TARDEC. We are also pleased to include comments

from Margo Oge, the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. Joining our impressive lineup of federal representatives are Patrick Davis, Program Manager, Vehicles and Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy, and Walter Kulyk, Director, Office of Mobility and Innovation with the U.S. Department of Transportation. And, who better than industry innovators to highlight the reasons for their investments and how they plan to grow their product offerings over the next many years? All of today’s sessions are rich, featuring government officials, the military as change agents, and the future of truck tech-

John Boesel at the wheel. Publisher Kirk Fetzer 415-385-0987 Kirk@CTNPublishing.com Editor Rich Piellisch 415-305-9050 Rich@CTNPublishing.com Writer & Photographer John Morris Production Designer Maureen Spuhler

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nology. Of interest to a great many of you will be the closing session of the day which is an in-depth look at the policy and legislative actions needed to continue to advance the market. Because hearing about innovation isn’t the same as seeing it and talking to the innovators, we are pleased as well to shine the spotlight on the record number of exhibitors here this year. Thirty-five diverse companies have displays to show you their latest offerings and will talk

At one time the term ‘HTUF truck’ meant one thing and one thing only: a Navistar-chassis, Eaton-drive utility bucket truck. Today, Navistar hybrid bucket trucks are a commercial item, and Calstart is working to duplicate its success in half a dozen other trucking sectors.

with you about your needs. Exhibit hours today are from 7-8:00 a.m., 10:30-11:00 a.m., noon1:00 p.m., and during the Networking Reception from 6-8:00 p.m. I invite you to stop by Calstart’s booth, too: Regency 10. Our staff will be on hand to answer questions and talk with you about the many initiatives and projects we have under way, including a peek into the fresh array of new member services we’ll be rolling out over the next few months. Calstart is proud of our 140 members who support us throughout the year and if you haven’t joined us yet, we welcome the chance to talk with you about it. Alternatively, feel free to talk with our members themselves. We are pleased to have 41 member companies and more than 160 staff of those members in attendance this year. Reflecting on ten years of HTUF

California’s HVIP & CalHeat The Calstar t-California Air Resources Board HVIP program to help offset the purchase premium associated with hybrid vehicles has encouraged the purchase of more than 650 hybrid trucks and buses, “and proved so popular and well-designed that within six months of launching,” Calstart says, “the entire nearly $20 million in voucher funds were applied for.” HVIP stands for the Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. California recently approved HVIP funding of up to $25 million for fiscal 2011.

and close to two decades of existence for Calstart, I’m mindful of beginnings and how far we, and the industry have come. From the days of zero products in the market to talk today of ecorouting and smart phone apps that remotely check tire pressure and emissions, we know we haven’t seen anything yet in terms of how far and fast the market will advance. Janus is a god in Roman mythology who is the guardian of entrances and exits. His distinctive appearance depicts him with two faces looking in opposite directions. As we celebrate a decade of accomplishments, at the same time, HTUF 2010 is the doorway to the future. A successful 2010 conference will be one where we all chart the pathway to our new beginnings. Continued Success, John Boesel President and CEO Calstart

Separately, Calstar t is tar geting Class 8 and por t drayage tr uck fuel use reductions of 50% as it sets up the new CalHeat — the California Hybrid, Ef ficient and Advanced Truck research clearinghouse — with a grant of $3 million from the California Energy Commission. CalHeat “will be a California-based resource for research, development, demonstration and commercialization of advanced, efficient truck technologies.”

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Bosch Powers Porsche Hybrid Bosch business development manager Joe Slenzak explains the company’s powertrain electrification efforts at Foyer 21. On show is a cutaway of the permanent magnet AC motor (also the associated power inverter) for the “full parallel” hybrid versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg SUVs. The manufacturer is using nickel metal hydride batteries.

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Squirting in the Rain Daimler’s Shad Carnes spiffs up the underhood area of Freightliner Business Class M2 106 hybrid on Tuesday. The commercially available vehicle has a parallel hybrid electric drivetrain by Eaton (Regency 15).

Too Much Too Soon? Stimulus money for the still-tiny clean vehicles sector has caused problems that may well be resolved by an industry shakeout next year, says US Hybrid founder and CEO Abas Goodarzi, who told F&F ShowTimes yesterday that too many companies are trying to do too many things. Prior to the Obama/Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money and AB 118 and related funding from California agencies, a “hierarchy” of clean vehicles was starting to form, Goodarzi says. Now, companies that had been establishing themselves in specialty areas are doing more instead of doing what they do best. The result is that they are competing with their own customers. “It’s the GM-Delphi Ford-Visteon thing all over again,” Goodarzi says, clean vehicles examples being drivetrain specialists attempting to market vehicles, and vehicle companies promoting batteries. “If you do not see a clear supply chain management structure, it is difficult to reach commercial sustainability.” For US Hybrid, “as a component suppler, my customer is the integrator,” Goodarzi says. “I am not the integrator.” “We design the components so that they go in easier,” he explains. “They are designed with the integrator in mind.” Integration engineering by US Hybrid, in other words, is different from actual vehicle integration. Abas Goodarzi “We’re going to focus on our niche,” Goodarzi says, which is drivetrain components. He is emphasizing specific vehicle product areas too, notably hybrid electric street sweepers and port vehicles. Goodarzi said here Tuesday that his projects include the all-electric helicopter demonstrator in development by Sikorsky Aircraft. He plans to spin off a special projects unit from US Hybrid next year. 4

Eaton Teams with Murphy Oil USA on Electric Vehicle Charging Network In yet another example of the widening reach of electric transportation, Eaton has teamed with Murphy Oil USA — which operates more than 1,000 retail gasoline stations across 22 states for electric vehicle charging — which is itself a new business area for Eaton. Eaton (Regency 15) is offering its new DC Quick Chargers as a palliative to consumer range anxiety. After an initial test phase at a location in Tennessee, Eaton says, it will work with Murphy on ways to expand the program and utilize the combined capabilities of the organizations to help make charging Eaton is helping bring electric vehicles to the masses, teaming with Murphy Oil USA to do fast-charging at gas stations.

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stations widely available. “Murphy Oil USA is committed to being a pioneer and early adopter of alternative fuels,” said Murphy retail marketing president Hank Heithaus. “Through our collaboration with Eaton, we are paving the way for development of the infrastructure leading to adoption and expanded of use of electric vehicles,” he said. “Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial application,” said Richard Stinson, president of Eaton’s Power Distribution Operations (electrical sector).


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HTUF Construction Group Sharpens Its Focus Look for heightened activity from HTUF’s commercial construction equipment group as it embarks on its first demonstrations validating environmental and economic benefits of hybrid technology on off-road and construction vehicles. Two projects are being led by the U.S. Army as it strives to meet aggressive fuel reduction goals, and a third would be funded by the San Joaquin Valley Air District, Calstart project manager Steve Sokolsky said here yesterday. The first, starting next month and running through the first quarter of next year, aims to show that retrofitting a Michigan National Guard backhoe with a prototype hydraulic valve can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 25%. The

demonstration (though not the technology) is funded by Calstart-HTUF. Hydraulic technology from HTUF 2010 sponsor Eaton would be retrofittable to backhoes already in service. Next in the works could be a demonstration of the benefits of US Hybrid drive systems to a wheel loader at Maddox Farms dairy in California. The San Joaquin Valley Air District would

Equipment’s very diversity has been a challenge.

fund the Calstart-managed program if current proposals are approved. Sokolsky says that the wheel loader is a good demonstration candidate because its duty cycles are sufficiently defined to show the benefits can be replicated on comparable off-road applications. Sokolsky told F&F ShowTimes that Calstart wants to participate in a demonstration next year for the U.S. Army to use a Caterpillar D7E

electric drive bulldozer at a base in California to further validate the benefits of hybrid technology. Successful results could help initiate within the next three years an off-road hybrid voucher system program similar to the highly successful California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project that handed out $20 million this year — and will pump more money into fleet placements next year (page 3). The Calstart-HTUF construction group has spent two years wrestling with how to cope with the wide diversity of off-road equipment — diversity that makes it difficult to define engineering solutions with a viable economy of scale. “We’re now scoping it more strategically,” Sokolsky says.

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Calstart Teaming with FleetAnswers, Bringing Real-Time Performance Data Calstart and Minneapolis-based FleetAnswers ( Foyer 28), have teamed “to bring the most up-to-date information regarding green truck technology and fleet benchmarking data to the companies that need it.” FleetAnswers, described as a secure networking community for fleet professionals, is to be the benchmarking partner. FleetAnswers data will support assessment, monitoring, and ROI — critical return-on-investment — calculations. FleetAnswers is a web-based service, free for fleet professionals, that has grown out of the Utilimarc consultancy for utility fleets. Eaton-drive Navistar It recently branched to government fleets. bucket truck operated FleetAnswers/Utilimarc has in its database by Pacific Gas & Electric, “every single piece of data for every single piece of with Altec (Regency 4) lift. equipment,” says partner Chris Shaffer, allowing vehicle managers to make easy comparisons between fuel use, support costs, maintenance and other expenses and outlays, by vehicle type, region, season, or whatever variable is of interest. “We have the ability to back everything down for vehicle-specific, classspecific comparisons,” Shaffer says. Put another way, “the FleetAnswers Benchmark provides the individual fleet with secure, online access to their fleet’s data to compare to industry averages,” states fleetanswers.com. “FleetAnswers is able to provide any data or analysis your fleet or industry is in need of.” The information in the FleetAnswers database is input by the operators themselves, Shaffer says. Why do they do it? “The output is so impressive that it’s worth the time and effort,” he told F&F.

New York Hybrid Trash Truck Face-Off The New York City Department of Sanitation is testing different types of 72,000-lb GVW hybrid refuse trucks, including a compressed natural gas hydraulic hybrid. The trucks “represent the first of their kind in that weight class,” says NYC’s Spiro Kattan. The test is supported by the northeast’s National Grid utility and by Calstart. It will gauge performance, emissions, fuel economy, and noise. It will constitute “an apples-toapples, in-service comparison,” says Ron Gulmi of National Grid. The trucks to be tested share the LET 2 platform by Crane Carrier. A straight diesel LET 2 will be compared with a diesel with an HRB hydraulic hybrid drivetrain by Bosch Rexroth, and with an HRB fueled by CNG. Also in the trial is a Crane LET 2 with a series hybrid electric drivetrain by San Diego-based ISE (with ultracapacitors in lieu of batteries). “NYC is our shining example,” says Richard Parish of Calstart. His Hybrid Refuse Truck Working Group (one of more than half a dozen under the 6

HTUF umbrella), has developed a common hybrid refuse chassis specification as it collects duty cycle and refuse market data — like the data from New York — to support business case development. Once data is in hand, the group will redouble its efforts to get a group sanitation of fleets to pool their purchase funds and thereby establish an early economy of scale. Data will be complied by Maryland’s New West Technologies. Greg Wilcox is project manager there. A similar HTUF initiative in utility bucket trucks led to commercialization of Navistar International vehicles with hybrid drivetrains by Eaton.

New York City has a CNG-fueled LET 2 truck by Crane Carrier with an HRB hydraulic hybrid drive by Bosch Rexroth. An HRB Condor is in the ride-and-drive.

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Parker Hydraulic for Coke Trucks The California Energy Commission is anteing $750,000 toward a $2 million project to demonstrate Parker Hannifin’s hydraulic hybrid drive technology on four Freightliner trucks for Coca-Cola. The goal of the project is a 40 to 50%fuel efficiency gain, states a CEC summary, describing an “innovative direct driveline connection” that lets the truck operate as a series hybrid, or in pure mechanical mode at high speeds, or in a blended mode that optimizes efficiency between the two. “This hydraulic hybrid system stores less energy, but should more effectively recover braking energy,” CEC says, “thus potentially matching electric hybrid vehicle benefits.” Parker Hannifin is exhibiting at Regency 23. Parker Hannifin RunWise for Autocar Xpeditor E3 garbage trucks in Florida in F&F ShowTimes tomorrow.

New Eagle MotoHawk Training New Eagle (Foyer 43) is offering training for the MotoHawk suite of development tools for electronic drivetrain programs and components in Ann Arbor, Mich. this week and from November 9-11. MotoHawk tools support development activities from prototyping to production, New Eagle says, and “offer fast development cycle times, high flexibility and customer ownership of control strategy intellectual properties.” New Eagle is hosting an open house at its Ann Arbor facility on the afternoon of October 18.

UQM PowerPhase for UPS Colorado’s UQM Technologies is promoting its PowerPhase line of power-dense motors at Foyer 41. UQM’s motors are being used by Electric Vehicles International for a threepart, 90-day demonstration UPS trial of a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp walk-in van fitted with a fully battery electric drivetrain. The UPS tests begin in Sacramento, will be followed by San Francisco, and conclude in Reno.

NRG Dynamix Aims for 2012 “With NRG Drive, it is possible to have fuel economy improvement of roughly 60% while at the same time reducing vehicle emissions by as much as 90%,” says NRG Dynamix, which is targeting 2012 for production of its series hybrid hydraulic drivetrain. The Deerfield, Mich.based firm claims accumulator expertise and a hydraulic pump “that combines the robustness of a gear pump with the benefits of variable displacement functionality that is only found in vane and piston pumps.” NRG (Regency 26) displayed as Limo-Reid Technologies at HTUF 2009 in Atlanta, after previously being known as HybraDrive. CEO Jim O’Brien is speaking at the Advanced Drivetrains session this afternoon.

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cation demand.” [New York City] officials, he says, “provide feedback to the suppliers to use for product enhancement.” Following rigorous testing, US Hybrid is supplying key hardware for seven series hybrid electric Allianz 4000-series street sweepers on order by the New York City Department of Sanitation. They are fitted with 120-kilowatt permanent magnet generator, 160-kilowatt induction drive motor, and 60-kilowatt electro-hydraulic drive unit for the brooms, with digital controls, all by US Hybrid, and lithium ion batteries by SK Energy, all integrated by Allianz. “It is the most sophisticated hybrid drive available, and has the most potential for fuel savings,” Goodarzi says. “Actual measurement is over 41%... We are pushing the envelope.” The Allianz sweepers have a standard Cummins ISB diesel engine, 2010compliant with urea SCR New York City is testing two Kalmar (selective catalytic reduc- port trucks with US Hybrid parallel drives, plus a plug-in hybrid version. tion) for NOx control.

First Allianz 4000-series sweeper delivered to New York City Sanitation Department. Abas Goodarzi of drive supplier US Hybrid is at far left.

Allianz-US Hybrid Sweepers and More for New York City “If all these people took the same initiative as New York, we would be in very good shape as an industry,” says Abas Goodarzi, founder and chief of California’s US Hybrid — who finds that advanced vehicles are taken more seriously on the East Coast. “New York is leading the industry forward,” Goodarzi told F&F ShowTimes prior to HTUF. Extensive dyno and on-street testing “ensures that products meet appli-

Lightning Hybrids for Picking Up 40% A hydraulic hybrid retrofit system dubbed HyPER Assist is expected to afford fuel savings on the order of 40% when it goes into service early next year, says Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids (Regency 44). Even with a selling price of $17,900 — plus a thousand or two for installation — payback will take place inside of three years, says Lightning business development and marketing VP Bonnie Trowbridge. Lightning’s HyPER Assist will be available initially on General Motors 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, and later on other vehicles. Sales start in November, and installations in January. The 40% fuel savings figure should be validated next month, Trowbridge says. The company has meanwhile posted a nifty savings calculator on its website. Lightning Hybrids is hosting a ride-and-drive at its headquarters in Loveland, Colo. from November 15-18. The firm is using hydraulic accumulator shells, made with carbon fiber on aluminum, from Worthington/SCI (Structural Composites Industries of Pomona, Calif.).

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Peterbilts to Ann Arbor as Hydraulic Freightliner Is a First for Eaton’s HLA Eaton has announced deployment of four Peterbilt Model 320 trucks with its HLA hydraulic hybrid drive (and bodies by Labrie) for recycling collection in Ann Arbor. HLA stands for Hydraulic Launch Assist. The Michigan deployment follows trials on refuse vehicles in Fort Worth and Denver. The HLA system “captures the trucks’ kinetic energy during braking to assist in launching and accelerating the vehicle,” Eaton says, “recovering up to 75% of the energy normally lost as heat by the vehicle’s brakes.” Tests have shown “significant” reductions in maintenance costs, while “brake replacement cost can potenThe concept tially be reduced by four times compared to a baseline truck.” HLA Peterbilts have been tested by Waste Management in Texas. The first Freightliner (an M2 112 chassis) with a parallel hydraulic hybrid drivetrain by Eaton was unveiled last month by Pennsylvania’s GSP Marketing/GS-Products. The Eaton HLA system was installed by Fontaine Modifications in Charlotte, N.C. It was “a collaborative project,” says Dave Br yant, Freightliner vocational sales manager for hybrids. A key HLA advantage? “You can retrofit it on an existing chassis because you are not displacing the existing power train,” Br yant says. “It is a parallel system.” Eaton (Regency 15) is promoting an HLA Eaton HLA on M2 112 “blended” brake enFreightliner chassis, executed by Fontaine. hancement here.

Kollmorgen has brought this Kenworth T300 with permanent magnet AC generator for the ride-and-drive.

Kollmorgen: Power in a Tight Space International motor and generator manufac- the power density within the same space as a turer Kollmorgen (Regency 27) is unveiling a traditional alternator, can be air- or liquidPower Generation System it says “is a complete, cooled, and can be mounted in belt-driven, robust power platform that can be optimized to PTO or inline configurations. “The generator controller is rooted in a prodmeet virtually any heavy-duty vehicle’s energy requirements, with the flexibility to fit in ap- uct platform with more than one million units delivered since 1996,” the company says. plications where space is at a premium.” Kollmorgen says its system “opens up a world “Kollmorgen can provide the power that OEMs want at the voltage they need,” Koll- of new possibilities that makes vehicles more morgen’s Mike Crowe said in a release Monday. efficient” and enables faster upgrades. It is aimed “Unlike vendors who supply just high or low at both military and commercial customers. Why go hybrid? “Electrical power is an ideal voltage systems, we are uniquely positioned to serve as a one-stop shop for heavy-duty hybrid technology partner to the internal combustion vehicle OEMs who have a wide variety of power engines in heavy-duty hybrid vehicles,” Kollneeds within a single vehicle, and/or across morgen says. “It offers outstanding torque, efvehicle platforms,” he said. Crowe is product ficiency, economy and cleanliness to supplement and technology planning director for vehicle fossil fuels.” Kollmorgen has some 1,600 employees worldwide. It says that vehicle designsystems director with Kollmorgen. The current hybrid market, he told F&F ers “have neither the time nor the capital to take unnecessary risk on unproven technology.” ShowTimes, “is a bit fluid right now.” “Working with a single supplier who can de- Hence a Power Generation System “rooted liver low or high voltage solutions, or anything in mature technology backed by more than 60 years of motion control and power generain between,” he claims, “is a huge advantage.” tion expertise…to supply heavy The Kollmorgen kit includes power demands within a small space.” permanent magnet AC generator, For the Kenworth T300 here, the generator controller, software, and 30-kilowatt Kollmorgen system was cables. It supports vehicle power belted off the existing 300-horseneeds at low or high voltage: AC, DC or both, with a modular Kollmorgen controller power Caterpillar engine, Crowe design that accommodates upgrades and retro- says. “With the help of our partners at Ricardo fits without replacing the generator, wiring or and Renewegy,” he told F&F early Tuesday, “we set up test loads in the 26-foot trailer and a drive electronics. Kollmorgen says its generator provides twice touch-screen system monitor in the cab.”

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Telogis is promoting its GPS-based fleet tracking products, promising telematics-based data that can be used both for conventional fleet management and to compare the performance of conventional vehicles versus the emerging class of hybrids. The company spread the word last week

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that its “Telogis Fleet vehicle management solution has achieved MultiSpeak Version 4 certification for interoperability with Milsoft Utility Solutions’ DisSPatch Outage Management System.” Interested? Learn more at Foyer 32. And, watch the Telogis demo, and get a free flashlight!


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Elfa Drives the Siemens Crew Here

Azure’s Ford Transit Connect uses Siemens motors.

Azure & Johnson Controls Connect for 20 Connects Azure Dynamics last week confirmed lithium ion battery supplier Johnson Controls, Inc. as a lead customer for Azure’s AM General-assembled, battery electric version of Ford’s Transit Connect. “Johnson Controls becomes both a partner and a customer for the Transit Connect Electric which says more than anything else they could say about their enthusiasm and confidence in the product,” said Azure Dynamics CEO Scott Harrison. JCI will get one Transit Connect van this year and 19 more in 2011. The firms are co-exhibiting at Regency 2.

Bosch Rexroth supplied the HRB hydraulic hybrid drivetrain for this Crane Carrier LET2.

Bosch Rexroth HRBs for Garland, Texas The City of Garland, Texas has begun a longterm field test evaluation of the Bosch Rexroth Hydrostatic Regenerative Braking (HRB) system, “to assess the technical, environmental, and economic benefits of the parallel hydraulic hybrid system,” Bosch Rexroth says. The vehicle is a Crane Carrier LET2 with a Heil Environmental CP Python Rapid Rail automated side loader body. Two trucks, one with HRB, will be outfitted with data collection systems. They will be subjected to a variety of in-use testing, including braking tests, acceleration tests, route collection tests and dynamometer testing to evaluate emissions. The trial deployment is sponsored by the

Siemens, which supplies motors and controls for electric drive buses, is tackling trucks, and has sent personnel from Alpharetta, Ga. to HTUF in a hybrid bus using its Elfa componentry. Siemens’ HTUF for is a Workhorse vehicle made into a series hybrid electric using a Siemens Elfa motor, generator and inverter. It has a NiMHax 336-70 nickel metal hydride battery pack by Michigan’s Cobasys, all inteSiemens Dearborn pilgrims: project manager Josh Nelke, grated by Azure Dynamics. Siemens got 8.63 miles per gallon of business manager Thomas Orberger, marketing intern Sina Weberskirch, and marketing manager Helen Wu. gasoline coming here compared with just 5 to 6 mpg for a comparable conventional Line Transit in the Palm Springs area. (Siemens equipment for the next round of 12 bus, says project manager Josh Nelke. Also saved was the fuel the crew would have consumed by UTC Fuel Cell-powered buses for AC and four for Connecticut is being installed directly by flying, and for trucking the bus to the show. Siemens has long been the supplier of mo- Van Hool, in Belgium.) Also via ISE, Siemens Elfa motors are on tors and control electronics to San Diego’s ISE Corp, which has used the hardware for 50 articulated buses by Northern Ireland’s hybrid transit buses for Long Beach and other Wrightbus in Las Vegas, and on three hybrid California cities, and in hydrogen fuel cell buses electric Crane Carrier refuse trucks being tested operated by AC Transit in Oakland and Sun- in New York City.

Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), through a grant from the Texas Environmental Research Consor tium, with funding by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “The goal is to evaluate the HRB technology as an alternative drivetrain system for the department,” Bosch Rexroth says, “potentially leading to wider adoption in refuse trucks in the City of Garland, the State of Texas, and nationwide.” The HRB system captures a portion of the kinetic energy normally lost as friction heat during braking, storing it in the form of highly compressed gas for later use in assisting the engine in propelling the vehicle, reducing fuel consumption, wear on the brake system, and wear on the engine. “We would like to see this important technology validated in the field so that it can be commercially available soon to reduce emissions and save fuel,” Dr. Yiqun Huang, HARC NTRD program director, says in the Bosch Rexroth announcement. “I believe that, like the electric hybrid passenger car, hybrid technologies, such as HRB, are the right solutions for this type of heavy-duty application.” The HRB technology is being tested headto-head against other clean truck technologies in New York City (page 6), and nearly a dozen are in testing in Europe (mostly in Germany).

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ALTe Eyes Hybrid Electric (with Re-Engine) Fleet Retrofits “We’ve met with 59 customers over the last three and a half months and they represent 850,000 vehicles worth of interest,” says Brian Polowniak of Michigan’s ALTe (Regency 5). The 59 operate some 2.5 million vehicles, he says. ALTe is targeting 6,000- to 24,000-pound GVW trucks for its replacement drivetrain yielding a range-extended electric vehicle, also referred to as a battery-dominant series hybrid. A 2-liter engine replaces the original V-8 unit, powering an electric drive that on a prototype Ford F-150 is achieving 32 miles per gallon, Polowniak says, compared with about 13 mpg for the base vehicle. ALTe is using power-dense hairpin HVH motors from Remy (Regency 25) and is in the process of testing lithium ion batteries, with candidates including

A123 (Regency 20-21) and Dow Kokam (Foyer 42). The initial focus is on fleet vehicles: delivery trucks and vans, as well as shuttle buses, taxis and limousines. The ALTe powertrains are to be available via a nationwide network of conversion facilities for used vehicles, “and ALTe also expects to sell and license its powertrains to existing OEMs.” “We can demonstrate payback in nine to 16 months for all of the applications we have studied,” with gasoline at $3 per gallon, said ALTe ALTe replaces CEO John Thomas. He’ll speak at the the V-8 engine. Advanced Drivetrains session today.

EMP Scores with Mini-Hybrid It seemed almost far-fetched when Michigan’s Engineered Machine Products introduced a rack of individually controlled electric fans in lieu of one big shaft-driven fan as a way significantly reducing fuel use, but the product, dubbed Mini-Hybrid (or miniHybrid), has been a runaway success, and in fact carried EMP when its core business faltered during the recent deep recession. EMP is also promoting its Power 450 brushless alternator for power takeoff at HTUF 2010.

That’s the message EMP government affairs and finance VP Ralph Bedogne will deliver at the Advanced Components session this afternoon. “Advanced products have allowed us to get our balance sheet in order,” he told F&F. But Bedogne warns that while the MiniHybrid system has great potential for trucks, hybridization in the truck world is difficult: unlike transit, there’s no federal agency offsetting the lion’s share of new truck purchases, and high up-front costs are tough to justify. “We followed the money,” he says, explaining Mini-Hybrid’s initial success in the bus world, where the Federal Transit Administration shoulders much of the purchase costs. Unlike a shaft- or belt-driven fan, which runs all the time, the individually controlled electric fans in an EMP Mini-Hybrid array run only when needed, slashing parasitic power loss. The result is an overall fuel savings that can reach double digits, and has been embraced by bus builders. EMP claims upwards of 2,500 units in service in North America, with more than 40 million miles logged. 10

“Our fans are on every hybrid that goes out,” Bedogne says, citing Daimler-Orion, Gillig, and New Flyer buses as examples. New Flyer alone is expected to take 500 units in 2011 and 650 in 2012, he says. The technology can be especially useful for trucks as it improves engine cooling performance for vehicles that work at low RPMs when parked. Bedogne urges operators to pursue funding opportunities from the U.S. Energy Department and the Pentagon to help establish economies of scale. “We’ve got to quit playing in the sandbox,” he says. EMP is also promoting a 450-amp brushless alternator at HTUF 2010. The Power 450 is a retrofittable unit that allows for efficient electrical power take-off, said to offer excellent performance at low speeds and idle. The air-cooled unit has thus far found use primarily for refrigerated trucks, Bedogne said just prior to HTUF, with Wisconsin’s Johnson Truck Bodies a lead EMP customer. Fleets & Fuels, by the way, first reported on the EMP fans after seeing a first-generation unit at a Calstart Clean Heavy Duty Vehicles meeting in Los Angeles (F&F, February 26, 2007).

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Oshkosh has delivered more than 10,000 MTVRs.

Oshkosh Is Showing MTVR with ProPulse Hybrid Drive It’s to be a more military HTUF in Dearborn this year, hosted by the U.S. Army’s National Automotive Center, and Oshkosh (Regency 16) is showing a hybrid electric version of its Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement with the Wisconsin manufacturer’s ProPulse hybrid drive. The MTVR is a multipurpose logistics vehicle used by the Marines and Navy Seabees. Oshkosh says it’s delivered more than 10,000 of them. ProPulse “dramatically improves fuel economy,” Oshkosh says, by up to 20%, and serves as a 120-kilowatt source of electricity with enough AC output “to power an entire airfield or hospital.” Separately, Oshkosh has a contract to deliver ProPulse-derived onboard vehicle power kits for testing on MTVRs. OBVP kits will be installed on Marine Corps MTVRs by January 2012 with evaluation and testing to commence in March 2012. Like a ProPulse hybrid, “the MTVR with OBVP will provide 120 kilowatts of exportable military-grade power while stationary, and 21 kilowatts of military-grade power while on the move,” Oshkosh says. “There is a rapidly-growing demand in the military for on-board power to support mobile radar systems, command centers, IED-defeat systems and many other applications,” said Oshkosh Defense Marine Corps programs VP John Bryant. The OBVP contract is worth some $8 million.


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Dueco-Odyne Plug-In for Madison Wisconsin’s Madison Gas & Electric has taken delivery of a plug-in parallel hybrid electric NavistarTerex bucket truck with Odyne Systems drivetrain from its long-time aerial truck supplier Dueco, and is comparing it on the job with an Eaton-drive vehicle that entered service earlier this year. “The newest addition to the fleet will be used for overhead maintenance and line construction,” MGE materials management director Tom Brice said in a Dueco-Odyne release last month. “We will also be monitoring the unit with a mobile tracking system to gauge fuel savings. “The Odyne system was certified by third-party testing and the IRS for a 54% reduction in fuel consumption, so we are looking forward to seeing the actual numbers on the working unit,” Brice said. “I’m going to have some pretty sound statistics,” he told F&F ShowTimes. The Odyne plug-in drive for MGE is rated at 18 kilowatt-hours. Odyne uses AGM (absorbent glass mat) lead acid batteries as it evaluates other

Dow Kokam Can Customize The new joint venture Dow Kokam ( Foyer 42 ) recognizes that hybrid vehicles are in an early state of development, so it’s emphasizing battery packs that can be customized to meet evolving needs. Korea’s Kokam brings large-format high-power NMC (for nickel manganese cobalt) lithium ion battery technology, while Dow Chemical brings “material science and operational expertise,” says Dow Kokam VP Chuck Reardon. The firm also owns France’s SVE, formerly part of Dassault Aviation, yielding battery management system knowhow. Dow Kokam VP “We’re the sum of some very Chuck Reardon powerful parts,” Reardon says. Besides having access to Kokam production in Korea, Dow Kokam makes batteries in France and has broken ground on a $332 million facility in Midland, Mich. that will be able to supply 60,000 electric or hybrid electric vehicles annually. “Fleet owners need safe, reliable batteries that can meet daily mission objectives, minimize downtime for vehicles, and maintain high levels of durability through years of use,” the company says. “We believe the market is ready,” Reardon told F&F ShowTimes here yesterday, adding, “There are commercially available solutions out there, and Dow Kokam is one of them.”

chemistries (and waits for prices to come down). The trucks are powered by Navistar International’s 7.6-liter MaxxForce DT engine. Odyne Systems president and CEO Joe Dalum was named to the board of NTEA’s new Green Truck Association earlier this month. GTA is an affiliate Dueco is challenging Eaton with division of the National Truck Equipment Association. an 18-kilowatt-hour plug-in aerial truck.

Like What You See At HTUF? There’s More at Our Green Truck Summit!

You have just been bowled over by what you heard, saw, and experienced at the CALSTART HTUF National Conference for 2010. Now get ready for the OTHER big clean medium and heavy-duty vehicle truck conference we co-host—the Green Truck Summit, March 7-8, 2011 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Green Truck Summit 2011, co-hosted by CALSTART and the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), is another premier clean and green medium and heavy-duty truck conference held in conjunction with the NTEA Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck industry event. Combining the years of CALSTART’s experience hosting the Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference with NTEA’s Green Truck Summit, part of its Work Truck Show, the Green Truck Summit offers an expanded showcase of equipment, new fuels and technologies, informative clean technologies and fuels agenda and breakout sessions. The focus of the Summit goes beyond hybrids to include discussions on other clean technologies and alternative fuels for commercial vehicles and ways for fleets to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. This past March, the Green Truck Summit had over 600 attendees and sold out weeks in advance; the Work Truck Show saw over 8,000 attendees viewing hundreds of exhibits and vehicles on the show floor—including the CALSTART Clean Technologies and Fuels Pavilion. The Summit attracted representatives from all levels of the industry—fleets, suppliers, OEMs, technology developers, component manufacturers, and potential customers for your services and products. Next March we are expanding to meet the increased interest and anticipate even larger crowds. Registration begins next month so Information on registering for the Green Truck Summit 2011 will be posted in October 2010 so check the CALSTART web site at www.calstart.org for this information.

Green Truck Summit 2010 was SOLD OUT so register early for 2011 We obviously want you to attend and participate in the Green Truck Summit. Even of more value to you would be to sponsor the Summit and/or exhibit in CALSTART’s Clean Technologies and Fuels Pavilion. Sponsoring and exhibiting provide a tremendous opportunity to really step forward into the clean transportation industry spotlight as well as translate these opportunities into direct sales for your services and products. We believe what we offer sponsors and exhibitors will make this happen and encourage you to contact Susan Romeo, Director of Marketing and Communications at CALSTART at sromeo@calstart.org to discuss these opportunities. Continue your clean vehicle experience and join us in March in Indianapolis for the Green Truck Summit and NTEA Work Truck Show. See you then!

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Ioxus for Made-in-U.S. Ultracaps Three-year-old Ioxus is looking to cash in on the vast growth potential of clean transportation. The firm’s claim to fame is that it’s the only ultracapacitor company manufacturing 100% of its product domestically: “We build all of our products in the United States, right here in Oneonta, New York,” says co-founder and chief operating officer Chad Hall. Venture capital-backed Ioxus commenced ultracapacitor manufacturing in August 2009 and offers product in capacities ranging from 100 to 5,000 farads. Made-in-America Ioxus ultracaps are to be tested by local Oneonta Public Transit on a 35-foot Gillig Phantom, with Cummins ISM engine and Allison transmission, retrofitted for hybrid electric operation. The retrofits are expected to cost far less Gillig bus to be tested as an than new hybrid units, and the parallel ultracap hybrid in Oneonta, N.Y. launch assist drive “is expected to generate a 15 to 20% improvement in fuel economy with a payback of approximately two and a half years,” says Hall. OPT is one of “four major partners” evaluating Ioxus product, he told F&F. He points to forecasts indicating that a large cell ultracapacitor market worth some $280 million today will grow by 46% per year and be worth $7.6 billion in 2020. Fleets & Fuels Strategies, October 4

Hino Is Bringing on the Hybrids “We’re targeting a five-year payback without government subsidies,” says Glenn Ellis, sales and marketing VP with Toyota’s Hino Motors Sales U.S.A. Hino has resumed ef for ts to bring hybrid electric vehicles to the U.S., showing Hino hybrid on show a light-duty diesel in New York City hybrid cab-overengine model with 16-foot van body and 14,500-lb GVW in New York. The parallel drive prototype vehicle with nickel metal hydride batteries is entering parts deliver y trials with the 5,500-vehicle New York City Department

of Sanitation. “We’re star ting to see penetration in the different markets,” observes New York’s Spiro Kattan. He operates some 2,200 refuse trucks, including a recently delivered Crane Carrier LET 2 truck with hydraulic hybrid drive by Bosch Rexroth — CNGfueled (page 6). “Hino expects to offer its next generation hybrid Class 4 and 5 COE trucks in the U.S. in the near future,” states a company release. The firm says it’s built more than 9,800 hybrid buses and trucks, and “is looking for ward to its milestone 10,000th hybrid vehicle by the end of 2010.”

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SAE Hybrid Testing Standard SAE International has published a new standard for measuring the exhaust emissions and fuel economy of hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. “Until now, the fuel economy claims for plug-in hybrids were not calculated according to similar procedures,” Michael Duoba, an automotive engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, says in an SAE release. Duoba chaired the SAE panel that developed the new standard, which is designated J1711. This, SAE says, “provides procedures to more consistently evaluate these vehicles under a wider range of evaluation cycles, and offers a technology-neutral way of allowing potential fuel savings.” J1711 establishes uniform chassis dynamometer test procedures for hybrid-electric vehicles. It is formally known as the Recommended Practice for Measuring the Exhaust Emissions and Fuel Economy of Hybrid Electric Vehicles, including Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles. Fleets & Fuels, July 12 12

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Maxwell’s into the Thousands San Diego’s Maxwell Technologies says it’s delivered BoostCap brand ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules for more than 1,000 transit bus hybrid drive systems through the first three quarters of 2010. In China and elsewhere, some 2,400 Maxwell-boosted hybrid buses are in service: “Based on current consumption rates and customer forecasts, that number could reach 3,000 by year-end,” the company says. Fleets & Fuels, September 20

Capstone Turbines for Truck OEMs California’s Capstone is talking up a test of its fuel-versatile turbine-based hybrid electric drive with a big-name builder of heavy duty trucks. The drives include mobile-hardened versions of Parker Hannifin industrial motors. Separately, as part of a $3 million project backed by the California Energy Commission, Capstone will develop a larger turbine to be tested in a natural gas-fueled Kenworth hybrid truck in 2012. Fleets & Fuels, August 9

EVI-UQM for UPS Three-Part Trial UPS has begun a three-part, 90-day demo trial of a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp walk-in van with a fully battery electric drivetrain by Electric Vehicles International, EVI reports. Tests begin in Sacramento, will be followed by San Francisco, and conclude in Reno. “The three regional locations will help prove that our truck can perform in any setting from urban to hills and various climate conditions,” said EVI sales VP Steve Riley. EVI uses 150-kilowatt motors from UQM and lithium iron magnesium phosphate batteries from its Valence affiliate. Fleets & Fuels, Sept. 6

Mitsubishi Fuso E-Cell Daimler’s Mitsubishi Fuso is promoting an all-battery version of its Eco Canter hybrid truck as a concept vehicle: “The nearly silent-running and emission-free Canter E-Cell has a range of about 120 kilometers,” Daimler says. Fleets & Fuels, September 20

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Feds Boost Allison Trucks Allison Transmission is applying government money toward a new plant in Indianapolis to manufacture parallel hybrid electric drivetrains for trucks. Allison is taking experience gleaned from hybrid buses (more than 2,900 delivered) to the truck world, devising a whole new architecture, with lithium ion batteries, for the product it will detail next year. “This system will have a [single] motor-generator located between the engine and the transmission,” says Allison product strategy manager Mark Howerton, noting that Allison’s bus drivetrains have two motors. The truck drives will thus be substantially less expensive.

BAE Systems has broken into New Flyer buses with its series hybrid drives. Now will it break into trucks? With natural gas-fueled hybrids?

CEC Helps BAE Systems Tackle the Truck Market Daimler Trucks North America is negotiating with the California Energy Commission for $2.1 million to support a $5.3 million effort to develop a natural gasfueled hybrid truck. The vehicle would employ Daimler’s Freightliner M2 chassis with an ISL G engine from Cummins Westport, and “a state-ofthe-art BAE Systems e-drive axle hybrid electric drive,” according to a CEC summary. “The goal of the project is to have a hybrid electric natural-gasengine system adapted to a broad spectrum of applications in the heavy-duty vehicle sector,” the agency summary states. “The Freightliner M2 heavy duty commercial truck is an extremely versatile platform that is used in a variety of applications, including port drayage; local delivery, over-the-road truck; refuse collection; municipal and utility application; and school buses,” CEC says. “Daimler projects a market adoption rate of approximately 2,500 units per year in the California market and 20,000 units operating by 2020.” CEC says that if the contracts are signed, it will provide $2.1 million in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Transportation programs funds, with $3,153,425 from project participants.

BAE Systems, which has placed its HybriDrive brand hybrid electric bus powertrains in thousands of Daimler-Orion vehicles, this month reported the first two orders for the series drive in New Flyer buses. (Conversely, Daimler-Orion is now offering the Allison parallel drive that’s found application in thousands of New Flyer vehicles.) BAE’s hybrid propulsion systems will power 15 New Flyer Xcelsior 40-foot hybrid electric buses for Community Transit, serving residents of Everett, Wash., BAE says. In Atlanta, HybriDrive technology will power two 35-foot Xcelsior buses for Atlantic Station. They will be operated and maintained by MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. The buses will be equipped with BAE Systems’ lithium-ion energy storage system, with cells from A123Systems (Regency 20-21). BAE says that its technology “powers more than 2,700 buses... The buses have accumulated more than 150 million miles of passenger travel and have saved more than 10 million gallons of diesel fuel, while also preventing the release of more than 100,000 tons of carbon emissions.” Larry Fuehrer of BAE systems will speak at the Advanced Drivestrains session this afternoon.

Buses with Allison parallel hybrid drives have logged more than 253 million miles and saved more than 13 million gallons of fuel since their 2003 debut (figures as of July 1).

“We’re trying to strike a balance between the complexity of it and the cost, to provide the right value,” Howerton told F&F. “Value lies at the core.” Allison is targeting a broad range of medium to heavy duty trucks, he says, with the hybrid drive applicable anywhere that the Allison 3000series transmission finds use today. “This product will have lithium ion batteries,” Howerton says. Allison is expected to use squarewire, copper- and hence powerdense, HVP “hairpin” motors from Remy International (Regency 25). Allison-drive hybrid buses have nickel-metal hydride batteries and conventional Remy motors. Also from Indiana, Delphi Electronics is a key supplier. Allison and the U.S. Department of Energy are each putting $62.8 million into a new Indiana plant to be finished in 2013. “Once fully operational, nearly 100 manufacturing workers will be capable of producing more than 20,000 commercial-duty hybrid propulsion systems each year,” the company says. “We will deliver a new generation of hybrid propulsion solutions to the transportation industry,” Allison Transmission chairman and CEO Lawrence Dewey said in a release. “Fuel Allison Transmission sees economy improvements from other Allison potential for its parallel hybrid products are typically in the range of 20 hybrid electric drives in trucks as it ‘already unto 30% and greater,” Allison says. The gov- derstands and serves ernment cash has pushed the truck program many vocations that would ahead by “a couple of years,” says a spokesman. benefit.’

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Motiv Power to Show Versatile Drive on Bus Motiv Power Systems is lining up suppliers of a traction motor and lithium ion batter y pack for a $2.7 million California Energy Commission project demonstrating versatile power management capabilities on a San Francisco-area shuttle bus. The batter y electric vehicle will be a modified Ford E-450 cutaway operated by Bauer’s Intelligent Transpor tation. The CEC-backed project, says Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz, will show his firm can handle hybrids: that Motiv can manage power from batteries, ultracapacitors and onboard generators, all at once. San Mateo-based Motiv is bringing an open architecture approach and Silicon Valley expertise to the electric transportation field, “eliminating barriers caused by proprietary systems and incompatible components… Motiv has developed a common platform that allows disparate components, developed by multiple vendors, to interoperate.” The project with Bauer will start with offthe-shelf lithium batteries, says Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz, with new batteries from fellow Bay Area start-up Seeo to be added later. The Seeo batteries will add to the E-450’s initially targeted 100-mile range, and will show that the Motiv drive design can handle electricity from disparate power sources. “As easily as we add on another battery module, we can add on a generator,” Castelaz told F&F. CEC says that the bus is expected to have a payback period of three years, and that over eight years, “its total cost of ownership will be 55% of a traditional diesel shuttle.” CEC is to put $1,345,552 into the project. Seeo is applying a novel solid polymer electrolyte material yielding lithium ion batteries with “dramatic improvements in energy density while also providing best-in-class product lifetime and safety.”

A123 says its new lithium ion plant in Livonia is to all indications the biggest in North America.

A123 Claims Biggest Battery Plant Massachusetts-based A123 Systems this month opened what it says is likely the largest lithium ion automotive battery production facility in North America. The 291,000-square-foot plant in Livonia, Mich., just northwest of here, is expected to expand manufacturing capabilities by up to 600 million watt-hours per year when fully operational, A123 said, “contributing to the company’s plan to expand global final cell assembly capacity to more than 760MW hours annually by the end of A123 lithium ion 2011.” battery module The September 13 grand opening came just over one year after A123 was awarded a $249 million ARRA grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. “We are accomplishing our stated objectives that accompanied the DoE grant,” A123 president and CEO David Vieau said in a release. “Bringing this factory on line in just over a year is a testament to our technology innovation and strategic plan to ramp up manufacturing, but it also speaks to the maturity of the

market — without significant customer demand for our products today, a capacity expansion of this magnitude would not be possible.” A123 (Regency 20-21) names BAE Systems, Eaton, Fisker, Navistar International, and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp as customers. A123 says it will emphasize prismatic cells and systems at the Livonia facility. “The factory is designed to enable the complete production process, including research and development, manufacturing of high-value components, cell fabrication, module fabrication and the final assembly of complete battery packs ready for vehicle integration,” the company says. A123 says it plans to open a coating plant in Romulus, Mich., near the Detroit airport, expected to come on line during the first half of 2011. The firm said that in addition to the DoE grant, it’s received $125 million from Michigan as part of its 21st Century Jobs Fund to help finance these manufacturing facilities. A123 says it’s the first major U.S.-based battery manufacturer to receive TS 16949 certification for its cylindrical cells for automotive use, assuring that product design and manufacturing processes meet automotive industry standards.

A Hybrid to Deliver Diesel Freightliner Trucks and Massachusetts- and Sacramento-based Diesel Direct have jointly developed what Freightliner calls “the firstever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck.” The Business Class M2 106 vehicle, which has a parallel hybrid electric drivetrain by Eaton (Regency 15), will be used to deliver fuel

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to fleets, primarily in Massachusetts. Diesel Direct uses custom-designed deliver y trucks to provide on-site diesel refueling services to national, regional and local fleets, tanks and equipment. A Freightliner M2 106 hybrid will be in the HTUF 2010 ride-and-drive tomorrow.

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