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Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. Announces Expansion of its EDI PowerDrive™ EV Series Solutions Portfolio

Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, today announced the expansion of its EDI PowerDrive™ solution portfolio to include additional models of all-electric drivetrains and full vehicle electrification kits for commercial vehicles spanning class 4 through 8. The PowerDrive EV™ portfolio systems are offered as electrification kits with corresponding developer support programs for vehicle manufacturers moving to rapidly and cost effectively bring an EV offering to the market.

As stringent anti-idle and emissions reduction mandates rapidly approach for medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and specialty vehicles, commercial fleet operators and vehicle manufacturers are turning to electrification as a primary way to meet requirements. An extension of the company’s existing EDI PowerDrive™ plug-in hybrid (PHEV) portfolio, the EDI PowerDrive™ EV vehicle product lines and support programs enable vehicle manufacturers to develop and manufacture their fully electrified vehicles with significantly less time and expense in order to meet industry requirements and growing market demand.

The EDI PowerDrive EV™ solution portfolio offers OEMs a robust and comprehensive framework for rapid EV vehicle solution development. Electrification kits include a high-efficiency drivetrain (EDI PowerDrive™), vehicle control and telematics software (EDI PowerSuite™), balance of vehicle electrification accessories, and the training and support infrastructure to enable OEMs to drive quicker time to market in offering commercial EV vehicles. OEMs can also further customize their vehicle solutions with EDI’s Electric Power Export (Power2E™) option—the capability to export a range of power directly from the vehicle for use in disaster recovery, jobsite maintenance, tool operation, and other applications.

EDI PowerDrive™ systems have previously been integrated onto numerous OEM platforms in both the U.S. and China for applications including: worktrucks, city and highway buses, port trucks, cement mixers, logistics trucks, step vans, pickups, and SUVs. The new PowerDrive™ EV product line extensions provide OEMs and upfitters with an expanded range of vehicle electrification options featuring the latest technologies available in the market. EDI’s optional Power2E™ 2 way charging and power export options also allow vehicle providers to fulfill requirements for vehicle to grid or jobsite power export requirements.

News Highlights:

   * EDI is now offering an expanded range of EDI PowerDrive EV™ electrification kits for vehicle manufacturers, including telematics for vehicle analytics and real-time fleet monitoring.
   * EDI has integrated its technologies onto multiple OEM platforms including Ford, Freightliner, GM, International, Peterbilt, and others for truck, bus, pickup, specialty, and SUV applications
   * The EDI PowerDrive’s™ modular, open architecture allows for optimization for a wide range of vehicle types, making rapid market introductions possible, and providing full OEM vehicle functionality
   * Concurrent with the availability of the announcement, EDI has also broadened its patent portfolio with a number of newly issued and applied for patents covering power export, drivetrain, and software architecture innovations.
   * The new EDI PowerDrive™ EV Series spans Class-4 through 8 with technology applications including:

EDI PowerDrive™ EV Series Typical Applications

EDI PowerDrive™ 4000EV                         Class-4 Light-duty passenger and commercial fleet vehicles (sedans, SUV, MPV)
EDI PowerDrive™ 5000EV                     Class 4 to 6 Medium duty commercial vehicles (municipal services, work trucks, shuttles, logistics)
EDI PowerDrive™ 6000EV                     Class-6 Medium-duty commercial fleet vehicles (logistics vehicles, municipal    services, food & beverage, security, utilities, and telecom)
EDI PowerDrive™ 7000EV                     Class-7 Heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles (mass transit buses, logistics, and high-profile semi vehicles)
EDI PowerDrive™ 8000EV                     Class-8 Heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles (port, freight and refuse services)

Supporting Quotes:

“As the race to zero-emissions in the commercial vehicle space continues to accelerate, OEMs are looking to rapidly build solutions with the latest technologies to comply with industry regulations and meet market demands. EDI’s PowerDrive™ solutions and rapid vehicle development support are ideally suited to help them bring plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicle versions into the market using a rapid and cost effective product and vehicle development approach. Concurrent with expanding our product lines, we are also increasing the number of OEM platforms and market applications that we are supporting. We are excited about the accelerating growth of the electrified vehicle market, our role in addressing the cost and technology challenges, and having the opportunity to participate with our partners and customers in reducing emissions and operating costs. -Joerg Ferchau, CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

Additional Resources:

   * EDI on LinkedIn
   * EDI on Facebook
   * EDI Vehicle Project Videos

About EDI:

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) develops and markets a range of state-of-the-art PHEV and EV drivetrain solutions worldwide. EDI's leading-edge hybrid-electric drivetrain systems and technologies enable OEMs to meet zero-emissions requirements while providing significant cost and efficiency advantages for parallel and series hybrid drivetrain architectures across nearly all platform classes and configurations. EDI is currently active in automotive projects throughout North America and the APAC region. Visit for more information.


EDI (Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.)
Kristal Ferchau, +1-408-213-9568

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