Bolt-On Hybrid System Gives Boost To Delivery Vans

Crosspoint Kinetics has announced that it is working with Morgan Olson to produce hybrid delivery vans.

To create the hybrids, Crosspoint Kinetics bolts on its signature Kinetics Hybrid system into Morgon Olson’s commercial-grade vans. A 50-kilowatt electric motor mounts directly to a drivechain and doesn’t require any of the van’s original components to be removed.

This is a different approach for commercial vehicles than the plug-in hybrid trucks that VIA Motors builds, or the aftermarket hybrid powertrains from Wrightspeed. Instead of providing power to directly drive the wheels, the setup from Crosspoint Kinetics creates a momentary boost of energy.

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When the delivery van is on the road, the Kinetics Hybrid system captures energy as the vehicles slows from 35 mph. Instead of using batteries, the Kinetics Hybrid stores this energy in two 73 Farad, 96-volt ultracapacitors. During takeoff, and these release the stored energy to boost acceleration.

“Users have reported up to 30-percent more miles per gallon and a comparable reduction in emissions when the hybrid is used in heavy start/stop duty cycles,” the company said.

Crosspoint Kinetics estimated that the Kinetics Hybrid motor extends the lifespan of the vehicle’s brakes threefold and decreases CO2 emissions by 20-25 percent. Thes biggest cost savings will be for commercial vehicles with heavy start and stop cycles (four or more stops per mile).

A price for the system wasn’t made available, but Crosspoint Kinetics says that because each ultracapacitor has been rated for 1.7 million cycles, it will last the life of the vehicle. The hybrid system is compatible with all types of engines: gas, diesel, biodiesels or compressed natural gas.

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In addition to mounting the Kinetics Hybrid on Morgan Olson delivery vans, Crosspoint Kinetics says the system can also fit other class 3-7 vans and trucks. The company has retrofitted more than 160 new and existing fleet vehicles, including delivery vans, airport shuttles and private buses.