Balqon, Polar Power to jointly develop heavy-duty plug-in hybrid system

  • 24-Sep-2013 06:03 EDT
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Balqon zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and drive systems are designed to transport up to 30-ton cargo containers using proprietary technologies. Shown is the MX30 Class 8 electric tractor.

Balqon Corp. and Polar Power Inc. have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to develop a series plug-in hybrid system for Balqon’s line of heavy-duty electric trucks and buses. Development of a 40-kW onboard dc hybrid generator to charge lithium batteries during the daily drive cycle is expected to increase driving range. “Integration of an onboard generator in our 2014 model year vehicles allows us to address increased-range applications for heavy-duty trucks and buses used at ports, airports, and distribution warehouses,” said Balwinder Samra, CEO and President of Balqon. Said Arthur D. Sams, CEO of Polar Power: “Our experience in dc generators and hybrid industrial/commercial and military vehicles combined with Balqon's experience in heavy-duty electric drive systems provides both companies an opportunity to expand our markets in stationary, marine, and mobile power applications.”

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