April 30, 2008

Hybrid Diesel Dump Trucks and Big-Rigs

Hybrid-Granite-AB-Dump.jpg One downfall of the new, cleaner diesel engines required to meet EPA clean air standards is that they use more fuel. With the skyrocketing cost of fuel, this is a big problem. The solution: hybrid big rigs. Mack Trucks and the US Air Force developed this hybrid dump truck. Imagine a hybrid sanitation truck...Once there is a enough power stored in the batteries and the diesel motor shuts off, the garbage truck can move quietly from house to house emptying trash cans. If you have ever been woken up in the early hours by a noisy sanitation truck, you know what a blessing a quieter hybrid could be. Other hybrid big-rig trucks are under development and testing. Paul L. Vikner, president and CEO of Mack, explained:
Hybrid systems can have a major impact on reducing the more than 38 billion gallons of diesel fuel the U.S. trucking industry consumes every year. Mack's research indicates that hybrid electric systems in heavy-duty trucks could save as much as 35 percent of the fuel consumed by conventionally powered vehicles.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 30, 2008 6:18 AM

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