At EUFMC, Utilimaster is demonstrating a network underground service walk-in van that incorporates two key pieces of technology designed to make utility worksites greener, quieter, and more comfortable for workers. The Odyne plug-in hybrid battery technology feeds auxiliary power to utility maintenance equipment, while an onboard air exchange system provides workers in underground vaults with cooled or heated fresh air, from above.
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At the work site, the Odyne system significantly reduces engine idling, with its associated fuel cost, maintenance, and emissions. This technology allows utility maintenance personnel to operate tools and other equipment with batteries that provide up to 28 continuous kilowatt hours of power, without the need for a separate diesel generator. The hybrid battery-powered system also eliminates the need for frequent engine restarts to charge batteries, resulting in a quieter work site and extended work hours.
“This plug-in hybrid system fits right into the green initiatives that have become standard practice at many utility companies,” said John Forbes, President, Utilimaster. “Compared to diesel/gas-powered generators, powering equipment with an electric system reduces greenhouse gases by 50 percent or more. Fuel and maintenance cost savings are significant, too – up to
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The network underground services walk-in van will be featured in EUFMC’s morning “Product Drive Through” for attending fleet managers, and will be displayed in the Utilimaster booth for attendees to view up close, in Zone 2, booths D8-D11. Utilimaster representatives will be on hand to answer questions about this vehicle and Utilimaster’s full suite of products and services for the electric utility industry.
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, improved performance, quieter work site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid systems for large trucks throughout the United States than any other supplier. Odyne systems are modular and are integrated to powertrains during the vehicle manufacturing process or are retrofit to existing truck chassis in various applications. The systems are sold and serviced through a worldwide distribution network including
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