The fact cannot be denied that electrical and electronic components are needed in a car. Auto parts like the Volvo relay which performs a variety of operations that is needed in order for the car to perform efficiently is quite indispensable.
While the use of electricity in a car is a common knowledge, another application of electricity on cars is just recently developed. This is in the form of hybrid electric vehicles that not only uses the stored electricity in its battery to operate some features of the car but also uses it to drive the car. Hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius is already enjoying success in the market due to the fact that hybrid cars are more fuel efficient than conventional vehicles.
Odyne Corporation is one of the principal developers of innovative plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – this means cars that can be charged via a common household socket. The corporation though is known for integrating this technology on trucks and buses.
And recently, the corporation presented their technology to fleet managers in the New York and California areas. Roger M. Slotkin, chief executive officer of the company, was given the honor of presenting their innovative technology on different alternative energy forums. Slotkin emphasized on his talks the distinct advantages of their technology in terms of the powertrain involved and battery management. He recently made an appearance at the Western Riverside Clean Cities Coalition’s 8th Annual “Advancing the Choice” affair.
At the said event, Slotkin addressed a host of fleet managers from the Southern California area. He talked about the present problem of fleet managers in meeting tough emission standards. The advantages of using their plug-in hybrid technology were given emphasis and how it can solve the current problem on emission of fleet managers. Slotkin also pointed out that their technology will help in boosting the growing compressed natural gas fuel infrastructure. He stated that CNG fuel hybrids with plug-in capability will not only reduce the emission of buses and truck but will also help another growing sector which focuses on alleviating the countries dependence on imported fossil fuel based gasoline and diesel fuels.
Slotkin also presented their technology’s benefits to fleet managers in New York on January 31 of this year. The event is a hybrid truck technology seminar and Odyne Corporation presented during the event their current lineup of hybrid vehicles. Slotkin also tackled their company’s dedication in the development of the technology for use in the transportation and sanitation markets.
Another advantage of the plug-in hybrid technology is that it reduces fuel consumption by as much as 50 percent. That figure, of course, depends on several factors like road and driving conditions and load that is carried by the trucks or buses. Plug-in hybrid vehicles also have relatively lower operating and maintenance costs. The cut in expenditures in maintaining a truck or bus will surely be good news to fleet managers since any money saved in maintenance can go to other areas of their business.
While hybrid vehicles can be easily outperformed by conventional ones at constant speed, Odyne Corporation claims that their hybrid technology will be helpful on driving conditions where numerous acceleration and deceleration is required.
The presentation of Odyne Corporation of their developed technology to fleet managers is vital in promoting cleaner trucks and buses. This is in consonance with the effort of the government and the global community as a whole in reducing dependence on the fossil fuel reserves. While the technology alone cannot wipe away the reliance of the automotive industry on fossil fuel, it is a step in the right direction.