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Maryland's Choptank Electric is the First Electric Cooperative in the U.S. to Take Delivery of a Work Truck Featuring an Odyne Advanced Hybrid Power System.

Waukesha, WI, February 27, 2012 --( Choptank Electric Cooperative in Maryland is the first electric cooperative in the U.S. to take delivery of a work truck featuring the new Odyne Systems, LLC advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion system. The new Odyne system, which is lighter, smaller, more powerful and designed to be more robust for demanding work truck applications than Odyne's previous systems, interfaces with a wide variety of truck mounted equipment to save fuel, reduce emissions and provide quieter operation at the work site. The Odyne hybrid power system provides benefits over a wide range of driving and use duty cycles, saving fuel both while driving and at the job site. The advanced hybrid system for Choptank's DUECO built truck with a Terex HR42M bucket attachment was funded in part by a grant from the Department of Energy. The truck was built and delivered by DUECO, Inc.

The new hybrid power system features Remy's HVH250 series electric motor that boasts industry leading power density and efficiency. The HVH250 has over 2 billion kilometers of proven reliability on the road. The system also features lithium-ion battery technology and other proven automotive quality components. The Odyne system is the only hybrid offering that powers the air conditioning and heat in the cab while the engine is off at the jobsite, assuring operator comfort. Operators appreciate the quiet operation and greater safety at the jobsite when operators are communicating from the bucket to the ground. Operators also appreciate launch assist, which provides for good power during acceleration, climbing and turning - something other hybrids fall short on. With regenerative braking, the system is recharged while braking during drive cycles, further extending the active workday for the vehicle.

Joe Dalum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Odyne Systems summed up the advantages of the new system saying, "The Odyne Hybrid Power system delivers improved performance and is the new benchmark for medium and heavy duty work trucks. Odyne's unique system helps significantly reduce operating costs through higher efficiency compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engine powertrains. Operators especially appreciate the reduction in noise at job sites. There are over 800 electric cooperatives in the U.S. serving over 40 million people in 47 states. We were very pleased to bring this new technology to the electric cooperative market and to work with Choptank Electric, a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Francis Kinnamon, Manager of Regional Operations for the Chestertown District at Choptank noted, “We are excited to be taking delivery of this new advanced plug-in hybrid system from Odyne and DUECO, Inc. We look forward to putting these trucks to work in Maryland communities.”

About Odyne Systems, LLC

Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Odyne's advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid trucks to fleets throughout the United States than any other supplier. The company sells its unique modular hybrid system for new and retrofit applications direct to truck manufacturers and through a global distribution and service network. The name Odyne represents the combination of “O” for Optimal and “dyne” for power or force. Odyne's hybrid system for medium and heavy duty trucks represents the best hybrid power solution for large trucks. For further information, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.

About DUECO, Inc.

DUECO is the largest provider of Terex bucket trucks, digger derricks, and cranes for the utility market in the nation. DUECO also manufactures hybrid utility trucks and custom utility truck bodies and distributes mini derricks, aerial lifts, stringing equipment and trailers. Family owned and operated since 1955, DUECO's philosophy of teamwork, integrity, and open communication with customers and employees ensures high quality equipment at the best value. With headquarters in the Metro Milwaukee area, DUECO services customers 24/7 in fifteen states. To learn more about DUECO and what the company can offer, please call us at 800-558-4004 or visit us on the web at

About Choptank

Choptank Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a member-owned electric distribution utility with headquarters in Denton, Maryland. It serves over 52,000 residential, commercial and industrial accounts in parts of all nine counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore.

About Remy International, Inc.

Founded by the Remy Brothers in 1896; today Remy International, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer and remanufacturer of alternators, starter motors and hybrid electric motors/generators. Headquartered In Pendleton, IN, with global operations that expand across four continents and 10 countries, Remy International markets products under the Delco Remy and Remy trade names. Known for innovation, efficiency, quality, and best-in-class customer service and support, Remy International's products are integrated by leading industrial, specialty, automotive and heavy duty OEMs and aftermarket providers worldwide. We Start the World & Keep It Running.


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