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Waukesha company to help test plug-in hybrid trucks with $45M contract


WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - A Waukesha company will help utilities around the country test a plug-in system for about 120 large gas-and-electric-powered hybrid trucks.

Odyne Systems of Waukesha has obtained a $45-million contract from the Electric Power Research Institute.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California is also part of the project.

It’s all under the umbrella of a U.S. Energy Department program which encourages the use of electric power for commercial vehicles.

Odyne president Joe Dalum says the contract is very significant. He says it will put the advantage of hybrid systems to work in large utility trucks which serve communities throughout the nation.

Dalum says his company also expects that the contract will eventually into create more widespread use of Odyne’s hybrid systems.

Odyne says the utility hybrids will incorporate lithium-ion made by Milwaukee’s Johnson Controls at a plant in Michigan – plus transmission systems made by Allison of Indiana.