Oshkosh Truck Receives ProPulse Federal Funding

February 26, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Oshkosh Truck Corp. (Oshkosh, WI) announced that it has received two federal grants to further develop its ProPulse® hybrid-electric drive technology for heavy trucks. The US Department of Energy (DOE), acting through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has granted Oshkosh $4.5 million to share the costs of a three-year development effort that will focus on advanced, heavy-hybrid, propulsion systems for refuse vehicles.

In addition, the US Department of Defense (DOD), through the National Automotive Center and the US Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command, has awarded Oshkosh $500,000 in research grants for Oshkosh's development of a ready-for-production version of its ProPulse technology in military vehicles.

"There is little doubt that hybrid-electric drive technology will lead to the development of an entirely new generation of highly mobile and incredibly efficient trucks," said Robert Bohn, Oshkosh's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "These grants validate the confidence we have in our ProPulse technology, and chart a course for its integration into two enormously important sectors: refuse hauling and defense trucks. We are grateful to the DOE and the DOD for their support of these initiatives."