Plug-In Hybrid Aerial Lift Truck

Staff | September 28, 2010

Odyne Corporation and Dueco, Inc. have introduced the first plug-in hybrid aerial lift truck. A PHEV propulsion system for the vehicle minimizes fuel use and emissions in a typical aerial truck mission and can recharge at off hours using low cost electricity from the nation's electric grid. The system can also be recharged at any point with the conventional diesel engine and will provide the fuel efficiency and emission enhancements, typical of a hybrid vehicle, while the truck is traveling to and from the work site.

Odyne's battery management systems, in conjunction with its control technology will also power the material handling aerial device (TLM50M), manufactured by Terex for up to eight hours of aerial lift operation time -- a full workday.

The Dueco International (2008 4300 SBA 4×2) is equipped with a 255 horsepower; 660-pound torque IHC MaxxxForceDT and an Automatic Allison 3500_RDS_P transmission.

In addition to the estimated eight hour lift operation time on battery, the propulsion system requires an eight-hour charge time. The onboard charger power is 5kW, battery energy reserve is 35kWh and the motor size is 50kW, regen and traction assist.