Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

The World’s First CNG-Powered Plug-In Hybrid Refuse Vehicle Hits the Pavement

May 28, 2008

HAUPPAUGE, NY – Odyne Corporation announced that the City of Fresno has held a press conference to debut and demonstrate the World’s First Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Refuse Vehicle equipped with Odyne’s PHEV technology.

The event was held May 15 at the Woodward Park Amphitheater in Fresno, California, according to Business Wire.

The refuse collector has a 10-mile engine-off, zero-emissions driving mode of operation, and has the ability to plug into the grid, fully recharging its batteries and offsetting its fuel consumption. It consumes clean CNG fuel as opposed to diesel, making it the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) CNG refuse collection truck. The vehicle will quietly navigate through residential neighborhoods, collecting trash, while not polluting the environment and not consuming imported fuels.

Odyne’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain and battery control technology enables buses and trucks to operate more efficiently. By plugging the vehicle into the grid, which may be done at low-cost, off-peak hours, the operator substitutes electricity for more expensive vehicle fuel, displacing the imported oil used in diesel or gasoline powered vehicles, and reduces emissions; the hybrid technology provides increased fuel efficiency, and lower maintenance expenses.

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