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Parker Teams with CalMotors and US 1 to Develop Hybrid-Electric Trucks

Parker Hannifin - Motion Systems Group

Rohnert Park, CA — Parker’s Electromechanical Automaton Division, a leading supplier of motion control technology, is proud to announce that its MPP series traction motor and inverter are integral components of a series-electric hybrid truck deployed by US 1 Industries to serve at the Port of Long Beach. The US 1 truck uses a 215kW Parker MPP traction motor as the single source of torque for their Class 8 truck — a large tractor-trailer truck with a gross vehicle weight of 80,000lbs. Thanks to the large speed range of the MPP, the truck can travel at a continuous velocity of 70 mph. Using the MPP motor, the truck has better acceleration and passing capabilities compared to the stock diesel engine typically in the truck. An onboard generator will be used to recharge the batteries as energy is depleted giving it a range of 200 miles on a single charge – at full load.

CalMotors is the company responsible for the complete integration of the power train. “Their intimate knowledge of the Parker components is invaluable to the optimization and ultimate success of this vehicle,” says Jay Schultz, product manager for Parker’s MPP motors.

The first truck will serve as a test vehicle at the Port and will collect data over a few months to confirm the theoretical performance calculations predicted by CalMotors. The Parker drive system is expected to have a timely payback for US 1; however, the emissions reduction will be realized immediately.

"Parker has been an excellent partner for CalMotors as we engineer complete powertrain solutions for all sizes of vehicles,” says Mike Kasaba, president of CalMotors. “The motor efficiency, performance and broad range of motor options along with Parker’s agility and fast response time has allowed us to tailor an impressive powertrain system for a Class 8 truck.”

Designed for the demanding applications found in today’s high-performance electric and hybrid vehicles, Parker’s MPP traction motors offer lower weight and higher power, all in a smaller package than other traction motors. High-performance neodymium magnets are employed for higher torque output. Parker’s MPP motors feature innovative winding design and Parker’s exclusive dual cooling implementation, which features a patent-pending internal cooling technology. This design yields up to 40% higher torque per unit size than conventionally constructed permanent magnet motors.

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have strict Clean Truck Programs, which mandate that all trucks that do not meet the 2007 Federal Clean Truck Emissions Standards be banned from the facility, which stretches along 43 miles of waterfront. By implementing Parker’s MPP motors and inverters in their trucks, Cal Motors and US 1 are helping the busiest container port in the country meet its emission goals.

About Parker Electromechanical Automation
A division of Parker Hannifin Corporation's Automation Group since 1987, Electromechanical Automation is a pioneer, developer and manufacturer of full-spectrum computer-based motion controllers, servo/step motor drives, servo motors, PMAC traction motors and generators and human-machine interfaces, positioning systems, gearheads and gear motors. These products automate the manufacturing of a significant fraction of the world’s goods and services – including powering electric and hybrid vehicles.  Electromechanical Automation products are sold via independent authorized Automation Technology Centers—a group of nearly 100 professional, highly trained organizations with more than 135 points-of-presence throughout the world—or directly from Electromechanical Automation by logging on to buy.compumotor.com. An informative and up-to-date Web site with downloadable libraries, tutorials, and background information on motion control and automation is located at www.parkermotion.com.

About Parker Hannifin
With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 50 consecutive years, ranking it among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's Web site at parker.mediaroom.com or its investor information site at www.phstock.com.

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