Near-Zero Emission Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Truck
Developing a production intent natural gas plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle system
This project is developing and demonstrating a heavy-duty, natural gas, hybrid-electric vehicle system. The research team is using a comprehensive and iterative testing and validation process to optimize the system controls with the goal of reducing oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and improving fuel economy. The project involves a redesign of the hybrid system to reduce weight, complexity, and installation costs. The project will also test geofencing capabilities to limit noise and/or emissions while operating in sensitive areas such as disadvantaged communities. The test truck will be demonstrated with a Southern California fleet over 6 months.
This project will establish a strategic partnership between two California-based companies specializing in clean transportation technologies that can create high-quality manufacturing jobs in the state.
This project aims to achieve a 30% increase in fuel economy in hybrid mode. The vehicle can also plug in to charge its batteries. These benefits translate to greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to a conventional vehicles.
Key Project Members
University of California, Riverside
Power Solutions International
A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
Efficient Drivetrains Inc.