Independent Testing Confirms Benefits of TransPower Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Technologies
San Diego, CA and Riverside, CA â€“ May 12, 2015 â€“ Transportation Power Inc. (â€śTransPowerâ€ť), a leading provider of clean vehicle and stationary energy storage technologies and products, today announced results of independent laboratory testing at the University of California, Riverside (â€śUCRâ€ť).Â The testing confirms the significant reliability, environmental benefits, and economic advantages offered by heavy-duty trucks and tractors using TransPowerâ€™s electric vehicle (â€śEVâ€ť) technologies.
â€śThe results demonstrate that TransPowerâ€™s electric drive technology is not only safe, reliable, and clean, but they show a clear business case for adoption of our technology.â€ťÂ stated Frank Falcone, TransPowerâ€™s Director of Powertrain Engineering, â€śFor a truck with a half a million mile operating life, the energy cost savings predicted by the CE-CERT testing would amount to $630,000 over the life of the truck.Â We estimate that with maintenance savings, total life-cycle savings could exceed $700,000 and that could increase to $1 million or more with higher fuel prices.â€ť
These benefits were demonstrated during recent testing of a Class 8 on road truck and a Class 8 off-road yard tractor using the latest version of TransPowerâ€™s â€śElecTruckâ„˘â€ť heavy-duty EV drive system.Â The tests were performed in September 2014, utilizing a chassis dynamometer at UCRâ€™s renowned College of Engineering â€“ Center for Environmental Research & Technology (â€śCE-CERTâ€ť).
A Navistar International Pro-StarÂ® Class 8 truck equipped with TransPowerâ€™s ElecTruckâ„˘ system â€śperformed all tests with a high degree of reliability,â€ť according to an April 2015 report just released by CE-CERT.Â Additional conclusions contained in this CE-CERT report include:
- The TransPower-powered truck â€śconsumed only about half as much battery energy per mileâ€ť as the most recent competing electric truck tested by CE-CERT, which was evaluated in 2011.
- Accounting for the greenhouse gases (â€śGHGâ€ť) produced by power plants to generate the electricity used by the TransPower-powered truck, the vehicle â€śis expected to reduce GHG in typical drayage drive cycles by 67-68%.â€ťÂ This represents a net reduction of more than a ton of GHG for every 1,000 miles the truck is driven, as compared with an equivalent diesel truck.
CE-CERT testing of a Kalmar Ottawa yard tractor powered by the ElecTruckâ„˘ system produced similar results. The TransPower electric tractor produced about three times the emissions reductions of a comparable hybrid-electric tractor tested a few years earlier. Tests of both TransPower vehicles were performed at equivalent total vehicle weights of up to 72,000 pounds, confirming the high performance of the ElecTruckâ„˘ system.
The TransPower vehicles also demonstrated favorable economics.Â CE-CERT tests indicated that:
- TransPowerâ€™s on-road truck has an equivalent energy cost of 23 cents per mile, as compared with $1.49 per mile for a typical diesel truck â€“ an 85% reduction.
- TransPowerâ€™s electric tractor has an energy cost of 31 cents per mile, compared with $1.12 per mile for an equivalent diesel yard tractor and 99 cents per mile for the latest hybrid yard tractor tested by CE-CERT.
These results have been confirmed by real-world operations.Â Since being deployed at IKEAâ€™s main California distribution center in September 2014, the TransPower electric yard tractor tested by CE-CERT has had an energy cost of 25 cents/mile when using power supplied by the utility grid.Â However, as 90% of this tractorâ€™s energy is produced by solar arrays installed at IKEAâ€™s facility, the actual energy cost of operating this tractor has been less than 3 cents per mile.Â Please see charts on the following page.
Transportation Power, Inc., doing business as TransPower, is a privately-held California company that develops and provides clean vehicle and stationary energy storage technologies and products. Â TransPower has developed a proprietary â€śElecTruckâ„˘â€ť integrated electric drive system for large trucks, tractors, and buses. TransPower has also developed the â€śGrid-Saverâ€ť fast energy storage system, designed to maximize commonality with TransPowerâ€™s electric vehicle products, including lithium battery modules, battery management systems, and energy management technology. Â In addition, TransPower is developing drive products using state of the art hybrid-electric and fuel cell hybrid propulsion systems.
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