Allison to Make Hybrid Truck Drive Systems
Allison Transmission Inc. says it is investing more than $130 million to make drive systems for commercial hybrid trucks at a facility that will employ nearly 100 workers.
The company says it is gutting a dormant Indianapolis plant and transforming it into a high-tech facility that, once fully operational, will be capable of producing 20,000 propulsion systems for hybrid vehicles with pick up and delivery, shuttle and utility applications, according to a news release.
Allison Transmission, Remy International Inc. and Delphi Automotive Systems LLC are partnering on production of the hybrid system that is expected to be available by the end of 2013.
During a visit to Elkhart, Ind., last August, President Obama awarded Allison Transmission a $62.8 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to increase hybrid manufacturing capacity.
Allison Transmission has been producing hybrid systems for city buses since 2003. The company says nearly 3,000 buses worldwide are using its hybrid propulsion systems. Just last week, it was announced that transit systems in Indianapolis, Lafayette and Fort Wayne will be receiving new hybrid buses.