California-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has developed a PHEV drivetrain for pickup trucks.
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) explained their conversion offers 100 percent OEM performance and 100 percent zero emissions during city and highway driving, while also reducing emissions and fuel use by up to 80 percent.
The PHEV system has be shown on a GM pickup truck, but other EDI literature shows this system can be adapted to other OEM pickup trucks.
The PHEV pickup offered by EDI has 30-40 miles of all-electric range. The vehicle also features a series-parallel extended range of 300 miles, bi-directional charging, 50-120 kilowatt of grid reliable exportable power, and enough battery capacity to operate vehicle accessories and job site work tools without idling the base diesel engine.
EDI explained it built their PHEV drivetrain system in response to increasing pressure from the utility industry to green their fleets using electricity as a primary fuel.
“The light duty truck class is an important and high-volume vehicle category for fleet owners. The creation of a PHEV version with power export is an integral step towards significantly reducing emissions and fuel consumption for the utility and telecom industries,” said Charlie Travis, head of sales and business development at EDI. “We’re thrilled to be a key contributor to the greening of America’s fleets.”
Interestingly, EDI’s PHEV lineup can be used to store electrical energy for other purposes without affecting driving range; EDI’s Power Drive allows the vehicle to generate useful power for up to 12 hours idle-free as well as also being capable of charging other pure electric vehicles when needed.
Unfortunately, EDI did not reveal MPG or eMPG ratings for the GM conversion.