FEV is sole engineering contractor to the EPA on hydraulic hybrid system to be integrated into port terminal tractors under International Sustainable Ports & Carrier Project
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 6 / -- FEV, a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, announced today the second application of a hydraulic hybrid powertrain system in conjunction with a project led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey. The project incorporates an EPA-patented hydraulic hybrid propulsion system into terminal tractors used in moving freight containers in port terminals. The hydraulic hybrid system was first used in an in-service UPS truck, which was displayed in the FEV exhibit at the 2007 SAE World Congress. Two prototype tractors will be introduced into service in the Ports of New York and New Jersey, operated by A.P. Moller Terminals.
FEV will serve as the sole engineering contractor to the EPA for the project, providing systems-level integration support in addition to its role of designing, fabricating and integrating the hydraulic hybrid powertrain.
The hydraulic hybrid system stores kinetic energy captured during braking. This high regenerative efficiency is more than twice that of other hybrid technologies and translates into significant fuel economy improvements. The hydraulic hybrid technology replaces the torque converter and conventional transmission, and allows an engine operating mode that is independent of speed. This allows the engine to be used most efficiently, and even turned off during stops, slow speed cruising and during deceleration, when stored hydraulic energy can be utilized. Hydraulic hybrid technology can increase fuel efficiency by 60 - 70 percent, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent.
"FEV has been an EPA partner for many years in developing alternative powertrain systems that have the potential of significantly reducing U.S. dependency on foreign oil and contribute to a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions," said Gary Rogers, president of FEV Engine Technology, Inc. "We are proud to have contributed to the development and technical success of this project in support of the EPA."
FEV provided support under contract to EPA for its Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), which Congress established to facilitate technology transfer of patented inventions from national laboratories to industry and the marketplace. In addition to FEV, the EPA's CRADA partners for this effort include Parker Hannifin, supplier of the motion control systems; Kalmar Industries, manufacturer of the tractors; and A.P. Moller Terminals.
In addition to the Clean Ports project, FEV is working with the EPA on a number of low emission and fuel efficient technology projects under the EPA's Clean Automotive Technology programs, said Rogers.
FEV is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supplies the global transportation industry. FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. FEV Test Systems, Inc. is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment. FEV employs a staff of over 1,400 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents.
Source: FEV Engine Technology, Inc.
Leah Heidt of FEV Engine Technology, Inc.
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