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PRESS RELEASE:
Efficient Drivetrains Technology Featured at Governor Brown’s Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in California


PHEV drivetrain solutions enable zero-emissions driving with full power performance.

Milpitas, CA, April 13, 2015--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, announced that its PHEV utility solution was featured at Governor Brown’s Summit on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Sacramento.


Attendees of the session were provided with the latest statistics on California’s progress towards Governor Brown’s aggressive emissions reductions goals and objective to achieve 1.5 million ZEVs by 2025. The invitation-only group participated in interactive discussions and provided feedback related to the draft ZEV action plan currently in development by the Governor’s office.

“We are honored that EDI was invited to participate in Governor Brown’s ZEV summit,” said Joerg Ferchau, CEO of Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. “California is leading the nation in the zero emissions mission, and EDI is committed to helping our state achieve those goals by providing one of the industry’s largest portfolios of zero-emissions PHEV drivetrain solutions.”

EDI featured one of its industry-first work truck solutions at the event, which offers more power than conventional work vehicles, providing 100 percent OEM performance, while reducing emissions by up to 80 percent. Available in multiple configurations, the vehicles offer a variety of additional in-demand solutions, including jobsite idle elimination, 24+ hours of jobsite ePTO, and grid-reliable export power. The high-performance work trucks contain unique components, the industry’s only parallel-series drivetrain architecture, and proprietary control software and algorithms that efficiently coordinate all vehicle components for optimum fuel economy and emissions reductions.

About EDI:
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) develops and markets a range of state-of-the-art proprietary drivetrain products and technologies that have direct application in PHEVs, HEVs, and BEVs worldwide. EDI's leading-edge hybrid-electric drivetrain systems and technologies enable zero-emissions driving and provide significant cost and efficiency advantages for parallel and series hybrid drivetrain architectures across nearly all platform classes and configurations. EDI is currently active in automotive projects throughout North America and the APAC region.

Visit www.efficientdrivetrains.com for more information.

EDI (Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.)
Company Contact: Kristal Ferchau
Phone: +1-408-213-9568
Email: info@efficientdrivetrains.com
SOURCE: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI)


  Efficient Drivetrains and PG&E to unveil utility trucks capable of shortening or eliminating electric outages   EDI Raises $3.5M in Series A to Fuel Growth and Innovation
Round led by Jinyuan Development Company
  EDI partners with GREENKRAFT, CEC to deliver first CNG-PHEV class-4 truck



  EDI to Establish New Global Innovation Center Silicon Valley Headquarters Selected to Meet Increasing Customer Demands   EDI Seeking Series B Expansion Round, $3MM Already Closed   EDI CNG PHEV City Bus Receives Government Certification



  EDI announces appointment of Kent Williams to Board of Advisors   EDI rounds out its utility solutions with a Class 3 PHEV truck   EDI announces availability of its new energy PHEV SUV company


 

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. announces availability of its new energy PHEV SUV company


Develops top performing, affordable SUV in response to rising asian market demand

Milpitas, CA, April 13, 2015--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, today announced the availability of an affordable new energy plug-in hybrid electric SUV for the Asian marketplace. Based on its proprietary drivetrain technology, the SUV offers the highest performance for a PHEV in its class.


The SUV market continues to demonstrate explosive growth in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and we consider it a prime, high-volume opportunity for EDI,” said Joerg Ferchau, CEO of Efficient Drivetrains. “We set out to develop a vehicle that goes well beyond consumer expectations, delivering an affordable PHEV SUV platform, with full-performance features. This is the first of its kind in this vehicle class.”

EDI leveraged its proven technology to address the increasing demand from Asian automakers seeking a path to offer a cost-competitive, fuel efficient SUV. The vehicle is a full-size Chinese SUV with a 2.4 Liter engine that has been converted into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The vehicle offers an affordable price point for PHEV in its class with full electric capability for over 50 km, making it eligible for government incentives, which further reduces its purchase price.

In addition to cost savings, the vehicle has several other advantages over other PHEVs including higher performance with improved acceleration and torque, lower fuel consumption, and a higher top speed. The range of the vehicle is also significantly longer; EDI’s PHEV SUV is capable of driving over 800km on a single tank of gasoline, a significantly longer range compared to the less than 600km a standard vehicle of the same class is capable of.

EDI’s PHEV SUV can be charged with a level 1 or 2 standard electric plug. This capability allows the vehicle to use about half as much liquid fuel as a conventional vehicle on daily drives ranging from 130 to 160 km when plugged in to a source of electricity every night. Daily drives of 50 km can be accomplished without the use of any liquid fuel.

EDI will be moving into vehicle certification and durability testing next--seeking government certifications in key geographies in Asia. The company is also in discussions with several auto manufacturers for incremental development projects.


 

PRESS RELEASE:
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. rounds out its utility solutions with a Class 3 PHEV truck

Milpitas, CA, February 30, 2015--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced zero emissions, high-efficiency Hybrid and Electric drivetrain solutions, today announced the availability of a Class 3 utility truck based upon EDI’s world-first PHEV drivetrain that provides 100 percent OEM performance and 100 percent zero emissions during city and highway driving, while also reducing emissions and fuel use by up to 80 percent.

The vehicle is an industry-first PHEV, built upon one of the most popular Light Duty Class 3 Detroit OEM commercial fleet trucks. It is the only Class 3 commercial work truck in the world that has 30-40 miles of all-electric range and delivers zero emissions. The vehicle also features a series-parallel extended range of 300 miles, bi-directional charging, 50-120 kW of grid reliable exportable power, and enough battery capacity to operate vehicle accessories and job site work tools without idling the base diesel engine.

EDI built their PHEV drivetrain system in response to increasing pressure from the utility industry to green their fleets using electricity as a primary fuel. National, state, and local governing bodies are aggressively advancing regulations to evolve towards a zero vehicle emissions future, prompting many utility and telecom fleet operators to seek out solutions that use electricity as a primary fuel. In response, EDI developed a range of medium- and heavy-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) that offer significant emissions reductions with no corresponding loss in vehicle performance. Continuing that trend, EDI has recently added a light-duty work truck to its PHEV lineup, giving utility and telecom providers access to a wider range of vehicles to meet their needs. EDI’s utility solution set is expansive, spanning class 3 light duty, class 4-6 medium duty, and class 7-8 heavy-duty commercial work trucks.

“The light duty truck class is an important and high-volume vehicle category for fleet owners. The creation of a PHEV version with power export is an integral step towards significantly reducing emissions and fuel consumption for the utility and telecom industries,” commented Charlie Travis, head of sales and business development at EDI. “We’re thrilled to be a key contributor to the greening of America’s fleets.”

In addition to providing significant emissions and fuel-use reductions with no corresponding loss in vehicle performance, EDI’s entire PHEV lineup can be used to store electrical energy for other purposes without affecting driving range. EDI’s Power DriveTM allows the vehicle to generate useful power for up to 12 hours idle-free for a variety of stationary uses and power restoration during natural disaster recovery, mass transportation industry power outages, and planned and unplanned electrical outages. The vehicles are also capable of charging other pure electric vehicles when needed. Available in multiple configurations, EDI’s line of high-performance PHEV trucks also offer a variety of additional in-demand solutions, including jobsite idle elimination, 24+ hours of jobsite ePTO, the industry’s only parallel-series drivetrain architecture, and proprietary control software and algorithms that efficiently coordinate all vehicle components for optimum fuel economy and emissions reductions.

Moving forward, EDI will continue its focus in tech innovation for the utilities and telecom industry with a focus on expanding its portfolio into sedans and heavier duty work trucks. EDI will also form industry partnerships, merging state of the art electrification technologies to bring a best in class “most efficient and connected work truck” to the world.


 

PRESS RELEASE:
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. announces appointment of Kent Williams to Board of Advisors

Milpitas, CA, February 21, 2015--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced, high-efficiency Hybrid and Electric drivetrain solutions, today announced that Kent Williams joined its Board of Advisors.

Mr. Williams brings extensive experience in the capital markets and knowledge of PHEV drivetrains and new battery technologies. He is a strategic advisor to alternative energy companies and assists automotive companies who are commercializing highly efficient, environmentally friendly powertrain technologies for light and heavy-duty trucks, buses, vans and SUVs. He also advises battery companies commercializing innovative material science technologies for consumer and industrial applications. His experience in the capital markets has included positions with Vista Asset Management, U.S. Trust, Wood Island Associates and Merrill Lynch.

“EDI is an innovator and leader in the development of electric drivetrain technology and I look forward to leveraging my experience in the green vehicle and alternative fuel industry to support their growth,” commented Mr. Williams.

“We’re honored that a high-caliber executive like Kent is joining our advisory board. This new addition demonstrates the importance EDI places on identifying and securing the best talent available. Kent’s deep automotive industry knowledge and international business background will provide EDI with valuable insights as we expand globally,” said Joerg Ferchau, CEO of EDI.

Mr. Williams joins Advisors Felix Kramer, founder of the California Cars Initiative, Lawrence G. Norris, a well-known high-tech patent attorney and intellectual property expert, Ken Baker, an accomplished auto industry executive, and Peter Ward, a distinguished member in the alternative fuel industry.


 

PRESS RELEASE:
EDI CNG PHEV City Bus Receives Government Certification

Milpitas, CA, January 30, 2015--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced, high-efficiency Hybrid and Electric drivetrain solutions, today announced that it has received certification from the government of China for its compressed natural gas (CNG) PHEV bus.

In partnership with leading bus OEM, Euease, EDI was contracted to design and develop a low-cost, durable, CNG PHEV bus. Built upon the foundation of the company’s proven EDI drivetrain, the new bus will be manufactured entirely in China with local components and EDI control systems.

The collaboration began in early 2014 based on Euease’s need for a CNG PHEV bus optimized for the low-speed, stop-and-go driving of inner-city operations. The project was ideal for EDI’s PHEV drive, which can run in all-electric mode for 30 to 50 kilometers per day and recover energy through opportunistic charging at the depot or en route. Although the batteries are used primarily for propulsion, they can also be used to power bus accessories, such as air conditioning, heating, and power steering.

In late 2014 the EDI city bus took to the roads for certification, undergoing 10,000Km of vehicle durability, performance, and emissions testing, and significant real-life city scenarios. The CNG PHEV bus successfully completed the testing and has received official certification from the government of China.

“We believe that this new PHEV bus has tremendous potential in China,” says CW Chen, Vice President of Technology and Business Development. “Not only can it reduce emissions and fuel consumption by 50 percent, but it is also a smart investment for mass transportation solution providers. In many cases, a buyer sees an ROI in under 18 months.”

The market-ready bus has already captured the interest of several prospects. A local municipality placed a production order after they were impressed during a ride and drive demonstration.


 

PRESS RELEASE:
EDI Seeking Series B Expansion Round, $3MM Already Closed

MILPITAS, CA, December 4, 2014--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced, high-efficiency Hybrid and Electric drivetrain solutions, today announced plans to open a Series B round of funding to new institutional and angel investors.  The company has already closed $3MM in funding with early participation from an initial Cleantech investor.

Governing bodies across the globe are aggressively instituting regulations to evolve to a zero vehicle emissions future.  The industry is quickly responding by adopting electrified fleet solutions.  EDI’s plans to seek Series B financing have been accelerated due to the rising demand in the North American market from prominent brands in the utility, telecom, and military industries, as well as increased interest from top manufacturers in the Asian market for PHEV vehicles used in mass transportation such as city buses and taxis.

EDI continues to transform the industry with our game changing technologies,” said Joerg Ferchau CEO of EDI. “Over the course of the last year, EDI has demonstrated remarkable growth, significantly increasing our global customer base--tripling our number of commercial programs.  As a result of our momentum, we’re seeking an infusion of capital to meet increasing customer demands, expand quickly and strategically into new markets, and continue our focus on growing the technology portfolio.”

The market has increasingly recognized the potential of EDI’s technology for improving cost and eliminating environmental impacts.  The company has already closed $3MM in its Series B round, and plans to complete the round with additional funding and investors in Q1 of 2015.  Funds will be used to accelerate product development, strategic alliances, and expand its manufacturing footprint in the US and China.


 

MEDIA ADVISORY:
EDI to Establish New Global Innovation Center Silicon Valley Headquarters Selected to Meet Increasing Customer Demands

SAN JOSE, CA, October 28, 2014--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced, high-efficiency Hybrid and Electric drivetrain solutions, today announced that it will open its global innovation center and headquarters in the Silicon Valley. An office location has been selected in Milpitas, California--close to automotive and technology innovators like Tesla motors, Cisco, Sandisk and more. EDI expects to open its new offices in January 2015.

"By establishing the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, EDI is well prepared to support new market and customer opportunities,” said CEO Joerg Ferchau. “Our goal is to create an open, collaborative innovation center that inspires EDI team members, our partners, and the industry at large to push the boundaries of clean tech innovation. The Silicon Valley represents the epitome of technology advancement-something we are deeply committed to at EDI. We are thrilled to be near some of the world’s leading technology brands.”

The new global headquarters brings together EDI’s research and development teams, sales, marketing, and administration in 30,000 square feet of space dedicated to its development, manufacturing, and global operations. The space design has an open flow, without traditional cubical set ups to enable the free-exchange of ideas and information.

In addition to housing the company’s many corporate and administrative functions, EDI will launch a new Innovation Center where its expert technology team will collaborate directly with customers to build “world’s first” PHEV and EV solutions. The initial Innovation Center project roster has been identified and will include customer representation from North America, China, and Korea.

EDI’s Dixon, California presence will continue operations, serving as a development, demonstration and Americas support center. EDI will also maintain its development and manufacturing operations in Beijing, and Wuxi China.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY:
Efficient Drivetrains and PG&E to unveil utility trucks capable of shortening or eliminating electric outages

   

WHAT

 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) will host a ceremony at EDI’s plant in Dixon, CA to unveil the utility industry’s first plug-in electric hybrid drivetrain Class 5 work trucks featuring 120kW exportable power that can be used to shorten or eliminate planned and unplanned outages.
PG&E partnered with EDI and Dixon-based Altec Industries, to develop two class 5 vehicles, both of which were designed, built and tested in the heart of California at EDI’s plant in Dixon. Two different models will be unveiled, one, a Class 5 utility work truck featuring 120kW exportable power, capable of powering 80% of the transformers in PG&E’s service area. The second is a Class 5 bucket truck featuring Altec’s electric worksite management system, which allows all onboard equipment including the boom, climate control and tools to be operated off of battery power, eliminating the need to idle the engines of the trucks while at job sites. Both vehicles feature an all-electric range of approximately 30 miles and will reduce emissions by up to 80% when compared to conventional fuel vehicles.  PG&E estimates that each EDI truck will save the utility over 850 gallons of fuel per year

WHO

 

• Robert Oglesby, Executive Director, California Energy Commission

• Joerg Ferchau, Chief Executive Officer, EDI

• Dave Meisel, Senior Director of Transportation & Aviation Services, PG&E

• TBD (City & Chamber)

WHEN

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
7:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Pre-event media availability, interviews, plant tours
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: News Conference
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Plant tours & product demonstrations

WHERE

 

EDI Plant, 1000 Business Park Drive, UNIT B, Dixon, CA 95620

VISUALS

 

• EDI/PG&E utility trucks on display and available for demonstrations

• Plant tours

• Speakers from the CEC, PG&E and EDI and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce

WHY  

PG&E is committed to driving economic vitality in its service area, and that is why the utility has partnered with these two locally-based companies to develop the most technologically advanced vehicles in the utility industry. The vehicles manufactured by EDI for PG&E are the first electric hybrid drivetrain to feature utility-grade exportable power in the industry. If PG&E were to replace all class five vehicles in its fleet with the EDI trucks, the utility would save over $3 million annually in fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions by over 19 million pounds. PG&E operates one of the greenest utility fleets in the nation, with nearly 3,500 alternative fuel vehicles.

CONTACT

 

Jason King, +1-415-725-4658




EDI Raises $3.5M in Series A to Fuel Growth and Innovation
Round led by Jinyuan Development Company

SAN JOSE, CA, July 31, 2014--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced, high-efficiency Hybrid and Electric drivetrain solutions, today announced closing $3.5M in Series A funding.  The round was led by Jinyuan Development Company, and also included participation by Silicon Valley China Venture Partners and the Shanghai Gui Guo Assets Management Partnership.

Founded in 2006, EDI develops and markets advanced concepts and technologies for use in Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), and Electric Vehicles (EV) worldwide.  EDI offers highly unique drivetrain solutions for light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles to global vehicle developers, OEMs, and suppliers enabling them to realize advantages in drivetrain size, weight, performance and affordability.

“Increasing demand and changes in technology economics are accelerating the electrification of vehicles of all types, and market opportunities are changing dramatically, said Joerg Ferchau, co-founder and CEO of EDI.  New business models, regulatory requirements and evolving technologies are fundamentally altering the marketplace.  "With this infusion of capital, EDI is well prepared to support new market and customer opportunities.”

EDI recently announced the initiation of a number of new vehicle programs which are based on the company’s EDI Drive  PHEV drivetrain system that provides cost and efficiency advantages by providing vehicles with full Electric, Series, and Parallel hybrid performance.  The company has also developed industry-changing technology for new types of continuously variable transmissions (CVT) that are among the most efficient and largest torque capacity transmissions of their type in the industry today.

“With increasing regulatory pressures, the industry is undergoing a huge shift, and EDI is leading the charge by setting the standard—taking visionary ideas and transforming them into real applications that can be delivered across a wide range of vehicles globally,” said Winston XU, President of SVC.  "SVC invests in best-of-breed companies, and we were pleased to continue to back EDI in their Series A round of funding."

EDI will use its new funding to support current customer opportunities, to expand its engineering and sales organizations, facilities, and product roadmap in order to meet the growing demand for its Plug-in Hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions in the U.S. and Asia.  The company is currently working to expand its Asia operations in Beijing, China, as well as its U.S. operations in Dixon and Silicon Valley, California.

About EDI:
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) develops and markets a range of state-of-the-art proprietary drivetrain products and technologies that have direct application in PHEVs, HEVs, and BEVs worldwide. EDI's leading-edge hybrid-electric drivetrain systems and technologies provide significant cost and efficiency advantages for parallel and series hybrid drivetrain architectures across nearly all platform classes and configurations. In addition, EDI has developed a game-changing technology for new types of continuously variable transmissions (CVT) that are the most efficient and largest capacity transmissions of their type in the industry today. EDI is currently active in automotive projects throughout North America and the APAC region. Visit www.efficientdrivetrains.com for more information.

EDI (Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.)
Company Contact: Kristal Ferchau
Phone:+1-408-425-7420
Email: info@efficientdrivetrains.com
SOURCE: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI)




EDI PARTNERS WITH GREENKRAFT, CEC TO DELIVER FIRST CNG-PHEV CLASS-4 TRUCK

Over 40% Improvement in MPGe with Integration of Intelligent Plug-In Hybrid and CNG

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 30, 2014 – Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced, high-efficiency plugin hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and continuously variable transmission (CVT) solutions, today announced a high-profile partnership to develop a first-of-its-kind, Class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG) and PHEV technology. 

In partnership with Greenkraft, CALSTART, and the California Energy Commission, the collaboration supports the rapid movement in California toward a zero emissions environment. The effort combines EDI’s intelligent PHEV powertrain with Greenkraft’s CNG-powered 14,500-pound, Class-4 medium-duty truck. EDI’s solution can improve the fuel economy of a conventional CNG-powered medium-duty truck by more than 40 percent.



“EDI’s CNG-PHEV is a first-of-its-kind innovation, and represents an entirely new market application for EDI’s proprietary technology,” said Joerg Ferchau, co-founder and CEO of EDI. “The CNG-PHEV delivers a market-disruptive vehicle that will help fleets switch from petroleum-based liquid fuels—gasoline and diesel—to domestically available, cleaner-burning natural gas and electricity. Technology possesses tremendous potential for commercial viability and can play an essential role in helping California meet its long-term carbon reduction and short-term zero-emissions goals.”

In certain duty cycles with shorter daily mileage requirements or where periodic plug-in recharging is possible throughout the day, it may even be possible to completely eliminate the use of CNG, achieve 100-percent all-electric zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) operations, and achieve an effective MPGe of 26.9—an improvement of 300 percent over the baseline CNG truck

EDI’s announcement came simultaneously with a grant approval for the combined partnership by the California Energy Commission of funding from its Energy Research and Development Division.  The unanimously approved $900,000 grant, supports the state directive to accelerate research and development of advanced natural gas engine-hybrid electric vehicles for light and heavy-duty applications.

About EDI:
Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) develops and markets a range of state-of-the-art proprietary drivetrain products and technologies that have direct application in PHEVs, HEVs, and BEVs worldwide. EDI's leading-edge hybrid-electric drivetrain systems and technologies provide significant cost and efficiency advantages for parallel and series hybrid drivetrain architectures across nearly all platform classes and configurations. In addition, EDI has developed a game-changing technology for new types of continuously variable transmissions (CVT) that are the most efficient and largest capacity transmissions of their type in the industry today. EDI is currently active in automotive projects throughout North America and the APAC region. Visit www.efficientdrivetrains.com for more information.

About Greenkraft:
Greenkraft, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures compressed natural gas (CNG) and Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) forward cabin trucks, alternative fuel systems and alternative fuel engines. For more information, please visit our website at www.greenkraftinc.com

EDI (Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.)
Company Contact: Kristal Ferchau
Phone:+1-408-425-7420
Email: info@efficientdrivetrains.com
SOURCE: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI)