New Castle News

March 8, 2013

Axion reaches agreement to convert diesel trucks

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Axion Power has entered into a relationship with a Kentucky firm to convert diesel trucks to hybrid units.

The New Castle firm’s agreement is with ePower Engine Systems of Florence, Ky. ePower specializes in the retrofit and conversion of diesel-powered Class 8 trucks.

The companies entered into a five-year agreement that includes the exclusive use of Axion’s PbC batteries, and battery management systems, in all ePower retrofits and conversions.

Axion Power International’s chairman and chief executive officer Thomas Granville said the first truck to be outfitted with a PbC battery string has been completed and is now on the road going through its final test procedures.

The truck, a Peterbilt 386 was outfitted with 56 PbC batteries operating in a string configuration and incorporates Axion’s proprietary battery management system and data logger.

“Our PbC batteries and management system, together with the ingenuity and intellectual property of ePower, are cutting fuel consumption by a significant factor,” Granville said. “Our early testing has gone well and has demonstrated an ability to increase miles per gallon by more than 35 percent.”

Granville said the two companies believe that improvements in miles per gallon exceeding 50 percent can be achieved. In addition to fuel efficiency, this will decrease carbon emissions and save money for truck operators.