First-of-Its-Kind CNG-PHEV Class-4 Truck Introduced
Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), a leader in hybrid and electric drivetrains, announced a CNG and plug-in hybrid electric Class-4 logistics truck, featuring EDI’s drivetrain technology and vehicle control software. The EDI team integrated the optimized EDI-Drive into a Greenkraft 14,500-pound class-4 medium-duty CNG truck.
The truck was officially unveiled at a voice of the customer event hosted by CALSTART at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center on October 6. CALSTART developed the Voice of the Customer (VOC) event for EDI, with funding from the Southern California Gas Company.
Designed to give the manufacturer and supplier guidance on the powertrain concept, the VOC event and ride and drive will provide crucial user input. Before the vehicle’s unveiling, CALSTART surveyed more than 30 fleets to develop the event’s agenda. After the event, CALSTART will manage on-road emissions and fuel economy testing of the truck. Additionally, the organization will issue follow-up user surveys to solicit helpful feedback, further accelerating the commercialization process.