Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has integrated its EDI PowerDrive 4000 into a Class-4 General Motors Low Cab Forward platform, creating an industry-first electrified work truck for agriculture applications. The vehicle combines the benefits of a CNG fuel system and plug-in hybrid technology and is geared to help agriculture fleets switch from petroleum-based fuels to domestically available, cleaner burning natural gas and electricity.
The vehicle features a unique technology 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 General Motors Class-4 work truck commonly used by the agriculture industry.
“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 A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems. “Combining the experience and expertise of both A-1 and EDI made this project a great success and we look forward to continuing to be at the forefront of technological advancements in the alternative fuel arena.”
The truck will be operated 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 Alternative Fuel Systems plays a critical role in helping California meet its long-term carbon reduction goals.
While in operation in San Joaquin Valley, 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.
The EDI PowerDrive has been durability tested over 3.8 million miles in a commercial fleet setting and has been deployed across major North American OEMS.