Freightliner Prepares for First Unveiling of Hybrid Truck

The vehicle is powered by an electric motor through an energy storage device developed by Eaton and a Mercedes-Benz MBE904 diesel engine from Detroit Diesel, resulting in up to a 50 percent improvement in fuel economy and lower emissions.

Published: 16-Jan-2007

New hybrid powertrain technology developed by Freightliner Custom Chassis, Eaton, and Detroit Diesel will be on public display for the first time at two of the trucking industry's largest shows in early 2007.

The first of its kind in the medium-duty truck industry, the hybrid walk-in van chassis from FCCC will make its debut at the Technology & Maintenance Council's 2007 Annual Exhibition, being held Feb. 6 - 8 in Tampa, Fla. Shortly after the TMC show, a fully configured hybrid diesel-electric walk-in van will be available for driving demonstrations at the NTEA Work Truck Show Hybrid Ride & Drive, being held March 7- 9 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the technology. Hybrid walk-in vans are built on FCCC's MT-45 SR chassis platform, which provides all of the operating benefits of a standard Freightliner walk-in van chassis along with the added value and savings from the hybrid diesel-electric powertrain, the company says.


Mahindra unveiled India's first SUV with the advantage of a hybrid powertrain called Scorpio-HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) at the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo.

A new generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology helps the Civic achieve an estimated fuel economy rating of 4.7 L/100km (city) and 4.3 L/100km (highway) - improved from the 2005 Civic Hybrid's figures of 4.9 and 4.6 L/100km.

The new Civic brings a roomier interior, more spunk under the hood, and fuel mileage around 40 mpg on the highway.


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