Commercial Trucks Adopt Towards Fuel-Saving Technology

Technologies could increase long-haul truck fuel-efficiency by more than 50% in the next 15 years.

Published: 26-May-2005

The higher the cost of fuel, the more vehicle operators pay attention to fuel efficiency. It's true for Americans filling up the family car. And it's true for operators of big trucks and buses. So manufacturers are using new technologies to get more work out of every liter of fuel that goes into those heavy-duty vehicles.

Except for its promotional paint job, the bus that pulls up to the curb looks pretty much like any other modern city bus here in Washington. But this is no ordinary transit vehicle.

"It has a diesel hybrid propulsion system," says Dave Mikoryak, "and the reason we did it is, was obviously for a lot of environmental reasons to meet upcoming and current emission standards. And also to improve fuel efficiency in vehicles."


HyGenius F600 is a compact-class car with a family-friendly design powered by a zero-emission fuel-cell drive, which consumes the equivalent of 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (81.mpg) and has an operating range in excess of 400 kilometres (248 mi).

While American's complain about high fuel prices, Europe embraces fuel efficiency. Photo: Renault Scenic.

There's a big battle shaping up as manufacturers roll out cheap cars for the masses. Toyota Yaris pictured below.


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