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Published on October 15th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Efficient Drivetrains Unveils Industry-First Class 8 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Construction Truck

October 15th, 2017 by  

In partnership with the noted medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer Shaanxi Automotive, Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI) has unveiled a zero emissions capable, plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) cement mixer truck. It’s the world’s first, reportedly.

The new offering — which integrates the Efficient Drivetrains EDI PowerDrive 8000 PHEV drivetrain and EDI PowerSuite vehicle control software with a Shaanxi Automotive, Class-8, 32-ton cement mixer truck — is part of the company’s effort to introduce vehicles that will allow China to reduce its emissions and fuel consumption.

While there is still some final testing and design-alteration work being done, the company reportedly expects field deployment of the new offerings in Quarter 4 2017.

The Head of China Development at Efficient Drivetrains Inc, Taylor Yu, commented: “The China government is working to an aggressive timetable to phase out fossil-fuel powered vehicles, which has resulted in a paramount time for EDI. Our high-caliber development organization in China is a testament to our ability to rapidly design, innovate, and build electrified vehicles for some of the world’s largest OEMs. We look forward to continuing to bring PHEV and EV solutions to our expanding China customer base.”

The press release provides more: “The collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and Shaanxi Automotive to capture the construction industry marks the third successful initiative for the two companies, with PHEV mass transit and port truck offerings available today as part of previous engagements.

“With the integration of EDI’s drivetrain and vehicle control software into the Class-8 PHEV cement mixer truck — fleet operators will benefit from significant reduction in fuel consumption, and eliminates the need for engine idle by electrifying the operation of the mixer. Truck operators will experience the expected full power vehicle performance of the OEM, while eliminating harmful emissions. The demonstration vehicle also utilizes a low-cost drivetrain system, which makes electrification of construction vehicles an affordable option for OEMs in China.”

This new offering follows the release of Class-8 Port Vehicles and Class-6 and 7 city buses by the partnership between EDI and Shaanxi Automotive. For more information on that, see: Efficient Drivetrains + Shaanxi Automotive Partnering To Introduce Fleet Of Plug-In Hybrid Trucks To Port Of Shanghai.



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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