First Priority GreenFleet: Technologies

BRAUN CUSTOM

BEV and PHEV Drive System

Today’s commercial fleets and passenger vehicles alike must be able to optimize fuel economy, driving performance and efficiency for a multitude of driving cycles.  Our drive system replaces the stock transmission and performs as an All-In-One drive system that can function in Two Hybrid or Two Pure Electric Modes providing and optimized powertrain for any driving situation.

The drive system intelligently and automatically  adapts its functionality so that it can operate as either a pure electric (EV) vehicle for neighborhood driving, or as a Series Hybrid, optimum for stop and go city traffic conditions, or as an efficient Parallel Hybrid that is ideal for the highway.  It also features and EV+ mode for hill climbing and added acceleration.

Our drive system is less complex, less costly, more efficient and lighter than the alternatives.
The unique inline form factor allows the drive system to integrate into any light, medium or heavy-duty vehicle design. This results in rapid time to market with less development costs. The efficient design also reduces drive system weight providing even better fuel efficiencies and emissions reductions. The system shifts seamlessly between its four modes of operation providing the optimal architecture for any driving cycle.

VCU

Vehicle Control Unit (VCU)

Our VCU is a proprietary hybrid drive system control software and telematics application that supports electric vehicle (EV), parallel, and series configurations for all classes of vehicles—from sedans to light-duty cab trucks to heavy-duty buses and trucks. The software includes management and control of complete drive systems (engines, motors, generators, battery systems, charging systems, clutches, ePTO,etc., and interfaces to critical vehicle systems.  It also includes important fault detection and the related management features. EDI’s proprietary control algorithms coordinate drive system systems supporting goals for optimum fuel economy and emissions reductions, while maintaining performance. 
Modular in design, our control software can be configured to support a wide variety of drive system architectures, components, and vehicle layouts.

The telematics application within VCU enables fleet managers to track vehicles and drivers, and to analyze  data to continually monitor vehicle and fleet operations and performance.   

KME

Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

Power anywhere you need with our V2G exportable power option. The power that puts our vehicles in motion can be exported for consumer, commercial, and utility power requirements. Our V2G makes it easy to plug in from outlets integrated onto the exterior of the vehicle to provide emergency power, speed utility repairs, or operate job site tools in remote locations.

Our V2G options provide up to 120 kW of synchronized, grid quality, mobile power, and can be exported for a variety of uses:

Emergency Power: In the event of a natural disaster, Our V2G capability can provide critical power to neighborhoods, tools, and other electric equipment. At 120kW, our power export capability is the industry’s highest—able to keep the power on for up to 100 homes.

Minimize the Duration and Frequency of Outages: In the event of planned or unplanned power outages, utilities can eliminate or significantly reduce downtime. For the first time in history, technicians can drive to a jobsite, synchronize power from the truck’s battery with the grid, begin exporting power, and hot swap the transformer for maintenance-all with no interruption of service.

Run Vehicle and Job Site Tools: In anti-idle zones, during late hours, or in remote locations, Our V2G can be used to operate vehicle accessories or job site tools with zero engine idling, no noise, fumes, or greenhouse gas emissions.
Our V2G solutions also include vehicle to grid options,  enabling electric vehicles to power and be powered by the grid with bi-directional charging capabilities. BEVs and PHEVs can make excess, previously unutilized rechargeable battery capacity available to power the grid to offload peak demands, or for the purposes of transformer servicing.

RANGER DESIGN

Idle Mitigation (IM)

One of the largest emissions contributors in fleet applications can be attributed to the idling of the engine while the vehicle is stationary while performing routine operations like running the heater or air conditioner.  In many cases, fleet vehicles idle up to 6 hours per day which significantly increases the use of fuel, levels of emissions, and vehicle erosion over the course of a year. 

Our idle mitigation solutions deliver full OEM performance while eliminating the need to idle the engine in order to perform environmental-control basics such as operating the heater or air conditioner or powering hydraulics or other ePTO requirements.  Eliminating engine idling also lowers maintenance costs for fleet operators and extends the lifetime of the vehicle.