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GM Hybrid Trucks

Two GM hybrid trucks currently have taken to the showrooms. The Chevy Silverado Hybrid Truck and the GMC Sierra Hybrid Truck offer both light hybrid functionality and can be used as gasoline-powered electrical generators for construction work, recreation, farming and home emergency use.

 

 

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The Silverado and Sierra hybrid trucks share the same hybrid power-train system including a 295 hp Vortec 5300 V8 Engine with 335 lb.-ft. of torque and a standard Hydra-Matic 4L60-E four-speed automatic transmission. Both GM hybrid trucks include a compact induction electric motor (starter-generator) squeezed between the engine and transmission.

The two GM hybrid trucks only gain a mere 12 to 15-percent increased fuel mileage over the non-hybrid models, mostly by shutting off the gasoline engine at low speeds and during idles. Both GM hybrid trucks, do however, offer 37-percent less emissions than standard models, which helps to make up for the small gain in fuel efficiency.

While other full and mild hybrid models offer better fuel efficiency gains and pollution reduction (there is some debate over whether the GM hybrid trucks even qualify to be called 'mild hybrids'), the GM hybrid trucks do fulfill an important niche market. Touted as 'contractor trucks' the Silverado and Sierra hybrid's offer those in the construction industry the ability to run power tools for 32 hours without a refill.

The two GM hybrid trucks won't appeal to everyone, but they are a step in the right direction as far as satisfying the needs of a niche market as well as the overall need regarding reducing emissions into our environment. It will be interesting to see what the next generation of GM hybrid trucks hold in regard to power, utility and greenness.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

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