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Hybrid Trucks

Hybrid trucks are few and far between. Currently, only GM and DaimlerChrysler have hybrid trucks on the market. DaimlerChrysler was first to market with its Dodge Ram Hybrid Truck, going into production in December 2004.

 

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The hybrid electric utitlity truck, pictured left is one of 24 hybrid trucks being test piloted by the Hybrid Truck Users Forum.

 

The Dodge Ram Hybrid Truck, though, is only available as a fleet vehicle, so the general public will just have to wait for this one. This hybrid truck has been touted as a "Contractor Special" since it can be used on-road, off-road or can be used as a clean-burning electrical generator.

In fact, both GM hybrid trucks can also make the same claim to fame. According to GM, the Chevy Silverado Hybrid Truck is the world's first mass-produced full-size hybrid pickup. Initially just rolled out to fleet customers this pickup is available now to anyone, even contractors.

Whereas the Dodge Ram Hybrid Truck has a diesel-powered engine to serve as an electric generator, the Chevy Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid trucks both have gasoline engines, which serve the same purpose.

Hybrid pickup trucks are not the only game in town (since with the global economy and all your town happens to be worldwide). Heavy-Duty hybrid trucks are also getting into clean-green game. The Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) is test-piloting 24 Class 6 and 7 hybrid electric utility trouble trucks. The utility trucks use a pre-transmission parallel hybrid configuration, with a 44-kW permanent magnet motor mounted directly in front of the transmission. If successful, the pilot program will generate production commitments and expanded purchases of this class of truck. So far, the fuel economy improvement with the heavy-duty hybrid trucks are in the 40 to 60-percent range over conventional diesel vehicles.

The HTUF also has its Hybrid Parcel Delivery Truck Working Group busily working with manufacturers and companies such as FedEx and UPS to develop hybrid technology for delivery trucks. In fact, FedEx in combination with the Eaton Corporation already has 18 hybrid trucks (OptiFleet E700) in service in Sacramento, New York, Tampa and Washington, D.C. and it looking to expand its service fleet with new technology. And of course, if you have a fleet of hybrid vehicles such as these it only makes sense to incorporate GPS tracking for trucks in order to make sure all is going as planned and that they are on schedule.

Besides hybrid delivery trucks, the HTUF has its Hybrid Refuse Truck Working Group working to secure pilot models and accelerate commercialization of hybrid drive systems in refuse trucks. What can be more poetic and symbolic than waste management trucks going green?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

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