Oceanside, California – Two developers and manufacturers of alternative powertrain vehicles have teamed up to manufacture a Class-5 armored vehicles that combines the benefits of natural gas and zero emission plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology.
North American Repower (NAR), a California natural gas engine management and conversion technology company; and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), a PHEV technology developer; will convert a fleet of six 26,000 lb, Class-5 medium-duty armored vehicles operated by Sectran Security into PHEV vehicles that run on electricity and natural gas.
The Sectran Security trucks make frequent stops as part of their highly congested urban routes. At each stop, the 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 PHEV/natural gas trucks, Sectran can completely eliminate engine idling by operating in all-electric mode during stop-and-go operations on urban routes and in hybrid-mode during highway operations.
“We’re excited to be partnering with EDI on this breakthrough innovation,” says John Reed, CEO of NAR. “We believe integrating our renewable natural gas system with EDI’s PHEV technology will enable fleet managers to quickly move from petroleum-based fuels to domestically available, cleaner-burning natural gas and electricity. We’re particularly excited to be demonstrating this technology in a vehicle that by its very nature requires exceptional reliability in a high security environment.”
“The integration of NAR’s natural gas conversion technology with EDI’s high-efficiency PHEV solutions is extremely valuable to the marketplace as it extends options available to commercial fleet operators as they look to green their fleets and comply with California’s emissions reduction requirements,” says Joerg Ferchau, CEO of EDI. “Our partnership enables organizations to focus on their immediate need to comply with regulations, while also benefitting from reduced fuel costs and full vehicle performance.”
The collaboration gained additional support from the California Energy Commission, which approved a $3 million grant award from its Energy Research and Development Division, leveraging an additional $3 million in private investment and creating 5 advanced vehicle jobs.
Source: Efficient Drivetrains Inc.