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International Starts Hybrid Truck Production

The DuraStar Hybrid's fuel savings can reach 30 to 40 percent in urban pickup-and-delivery applications and 60 percent or more in utility applications.

Published: 14-Nov-2007

International Truck and Engine announced Nov. 9 that it has begun line production of hybrid commercial trucks in the form of the DuraStar Hybrid, a diesel-electric medium-duty truck that offers improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

“We believe that hybrid technology is an important development for the commercial transportation sector,” said Daniel C. Ustian, president and chief executive officer of Navistar International, based in Warrenville, Ill.

The DuraStar Hybrid's fuel savings can reach 30 to 40 percent in urban pickup-and-delivery applications and 60 percent or more in utility applications, where equipment such as overhead booms can be run solely on the truck's battery power without idling, the company said.

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