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EDI unveils electric work truck for agricultural applications

April 11, 2018
Efficient Drivetrains Inc, which specializes in zero-emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrains, unveiled an electrified work truck for agriculture.

Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI), which specializes in high-efficiency, zero-emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrains, recently unveiled an industry-first electrified work truck for agricultural applications.

The new vehicle integrates EDI’s PowerDrive 4000 into a Class 4 General Motors Low Cab Forward platform, combining the benefits of a CNG fuel system and plug-in hybrid technology, and is designed to help agriculture fleets switch from petroleum-based liquid fuels to domestically available, cleaner-burning natural gas and electricity.

“Collectively, the agriculture industry in California is working proactively to improve air quality and exposure to particulate pollution from traditional diesel-based vehicles, and EDI is proud to contribute to this important initiative,” said Joerg Ferchau, CEO of EDI.

“Our technology collaboration with A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems, combines the value of electricity with cleaner burning natural gas, delivering a full-powered, zero-emission capable truck, on a vehicle platform commonly utilized by the agriculture industry.”

The zero-emissions vehicle features a collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems, integrating the EDI PowerDrive plug-in hybrid powertrain, and the A-1 CNG Frame-Mount (FM) natural gas system into a work truck commonly utilized by the agriculture industry.

The truck will operate in San Joaquin Valley, a 250-mile-long region susceptible to air pollution due to its bordering mountain ranges. The technology collaboration between EDI and A-1 plays a critical role in helping California meet long-term carbon reduction goals.

The new vehicle provides 40-plus miles of all-electric, zero-emissions driving, and range extension utilizing cleaner-burning compressed natural gas, resulting in a significant elimination of particulate matter that its traditional diesel counterparts expel.

“A-1 is proud to collaborate with EDI on this initiative to help bring yet another clean energy vehicle option to the marketplace,” said Josh Gilio, vice president of A-1. “Combining the experience and expertise of both A-1 and EDI made this project a great success.”