EDI Announces Production Release Of PowerDrive 7000ev Series Systems

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The plug-in electric drivetrain solutions firm Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI) has announced the production release of its new PowerDrive 7000ev series — drivetrain systems for converting heavy-duty vehicles to electric and/or hybrid operation.

Previous to this announcement, the firm had already begun offering the PowerDrive 7000ev series to some firms, with various integrations already having taken place.

The new EDI PowerDrive 7000ev series electrification kit (+developer support) is reportedly being offered with the idea that “OEMs looking to bring heavy duty electrified vehicle offerings to market to comply with impending emissions reductions mandates” can easily do so.

The press release provides more: “Electrification kits will include a high-efficiency drivetrain (EDI PowerDrive), vehicle control and telematics software (EDI PowerSuite), and the training and support infrastructure to enable fast time to market. OEMs are able (to) further customize their vehicle solutions with EDI’s Electric Power Export (Power2E) option — the capability to export a range of power directly from the vehicle for use in disaster recovery, jobsite maintenance, tool operation, and other applications. To accelerate market introductions, EDI is also available to install the powertrain systems and perform vehicle integration as a service for OEMs.”

In addition, the systems also make use of control algorithms and diagnostics that will allow for monitoring and remote maintenance. Also notable here is that base all-electric range for the new offering is approximately 100+ miles per full charge.

The CEO of EDI, Joerg Ferchau, commented on the news: “With the production release of our EDI PowerDrive 7000ev, OEMs are able to quickly comply with impeding regulations and bring solutions to market rapidly, and more cost-effectively. The EDI PowerDrive 7000ev series is an ideal match for school and mass transit buses, work and utility trucks, and logistics applications. We’ve already seen proven success with leading OEMs, we are looking forward to continued innovation in the medium and heavy-duty vehicle space, with the objective of continuing to provide the industry’s broadest and highest-performing portfolio of electrified drivetrain systems.”

For more information on EDI’s efforts to date on that count, see: Electric Semi Trucks & Heavy-Duty Trucks — Available Models & Planned Models (In-Depth List).

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