GM low cab forward gets EDI’s nat gas plug-in hybrid powertrain


Efficient Drivetrains Inc. announced today the integration of 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 compressed natural gas (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 zero-emissions 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 GM Class 4 work truck commonly utilized by the agriculture industry.

The truck will be operated in San Joaquin Valley, a 250-mile-long region prone 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+ miles of all electric, zero-emissions driving, and range extension utilizing cleaner-burning CNG.

“Vehicle operators will experience the expected full power OEM truck performance without change to driver behavior, with the added benefit of zero-emissions driving, cleaner air for their workforce and the surrounding community, and significantly reduced fuel costs,” EDI states in its press release.

For vehicle manufacturers looking to quickly offer electrified solution offerings, the company offers its EDI PowerDrive technology in both PHEV and EV platforms as an electrification kit for OEMs, including control software and optional telematics for vehicle analytics and real-time fleet monitoring.