Odyne focuses investment on expansion of engineering capabilities

Odyne Systems LLC, provider of hybrid technology for large vehicles, is focusing additional investment to further enhance its systems engineering capabilities.

Bill Mammen has been promoted to director of systems and controls, driving development of propulsion systems for advanced hybrid vehicles. Before joining the company in 2008, Mammen had more than 14 years of experience in automotive engineering, manufacturing, and advanced development, with vehicle and component manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Visteon, and ArvinMeritor.

John R Petras has been appointed director of technical programs, principal investigator for Odyne. Prior to joining the company in 2012, he had more than 28 years of engineering and program management experience in the automotive, marine, and manufacturing industries.

Paul Hoffman has joined Odyne as senior controls and systems engineer, with responsibility for technical design, simulation, and testing of control systems. Hoffman brings more than 20 years of experience.

Odyne was awarded a US patent recently for its hybrid vehicle drive system and method and idle reduction system and method. This brings the total US patent count to six, and the firm has two international patents. Odyne has six additional US patents and 14 international patents pending.

The company was recently named winner of the 2013 Green Award for the advanced hybrid commercial vehicle developed in conjunction with ComEd of Chicago IL and introduced at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show. This walk-in van is equipped with an Odyne plug-in hybrid system, providing electrical power from a large advanced battery system that reduces fuel costs and emissions, while extending truck life and providing a quieter work environment.

Designed for ComEd's underground electrical maintenance in Chicago, the vehicle can be parked above a manhole to provide workers below with their electrical needs, plus cooled or heated fresh air. The system reduces engine chassis idling and delivers more than 14 kilowatts of power for tools and other applications, without needing a separate diesel generator.

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