Photo courtesy of Odyne Systems.

Photo courtesy of Odyne Systems.

Odyne Systems, LLC, a hybrid systems manufacturer for large trucks, has been selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to develop and deploy plug-in hybrid systems for trucks throughout North America.

The funding, which was granted by the Electric Power Research Institute, comes from a combination of the DOE's Transportation Electrification initiative, the South Coast Air Quality Management District of California and other parties. The cost-share arrangement will work towards developing and supplying advanced plug-in hybrid and Smart Grid/Smart Charging technology for trucks over 14,000 pounds. Approximately 120 Odyne advanced plug-in hybrid systems will be installed on vehicles for partners in the program, including investor-owned utilities and municipal electric companies.

"We look forward to working with EPRI, the DOE, and AQMD and our supply partners as we bring the benefits of the latest advancements in plug-in hybrid systems to a wide variety of fleets across North America," said Joe Dalum, President of Odyne Systems, in a recent statement.

In the past, Odyne has helped complete a $2.9 million cost-share project with the DOE to develop an advanced plug-in hybrid system for large trucks and delivered hybrid systems through the DOE Clean Cities program. The company is currently working with SCAQMD and the California Energy Commission on additional projects to deploy hybrid systems in the Los Angeles County area and other regions of California.