MARCH 17, 2014
Wrightspeed, Inc. announced today their third electric driveline product, the Route HD. The Route HD is a heavy-duty powertrain engineered to save fuel in heavy stop-and-go applications, such as waste removal trucks.
The Route HD can burn diesel, CNG, LNG, or landfill gases, and it can save refuse companies more than $35k in fuel costs, and $10k in maintenance costs, per year. The system is designed as a repower kit, so commercial fleets can retrofit their existing trucks. This helps get dirty powertrains off the road, without necessitating the purchase of a brand-new asset.
Like all Wrightspeed products, the Route HD is a series hybrid system that uses electric motors that power the wheels, along with a battery, and a turbine range-extending generator that charges the battery as needed. The result is a system that looks like battery electric vehicle (EV) that has its power station and grid charger onboard.
Except Wrightspeed’s products are even cleaner than an EV.
How can that be?
“Even if Wrightspeed’s Route HD powertrain is never plugged in,” says founder and CEO, Ian Wright, “it’s cleaner than an EV, because the exhaust emissions are lower per kWhr than the average mix of US power stations.”
Wrightspeed’s other products are the Route (TM) and the Circuit (TM). The Route is a medium duty powertrain for service and delivery fleets. The Circuit is an AWD ultra-performance powertrain for supercar manufacturers.