WASHINGTON, D. C. –US legislators were given an up-close look at some hybrid commercial vehicles recently during a demonstration at Capitol Hill.
Mack had a TerraPro cabover hybrid on display at the event (dubbed Hybrid on the Hill Day), which is the company’s first production intent parallel diesel-electric hybrid for Class 8 heavy-duty applications.
“Our hybrid technology will be commercially viable, yet it will take time to establish a robust hybrid market for heavy vehicles that will enable us to invest in large scale production,” said Dennis Slagle, Mack president and CEO. “Incentives will accelerate the adoption of Class 8 hybrids and bring forward the positive environmental changes.”
Mack officials emphasized the important role government can play in encouraging the use of environmentally- friendly commercial vehicles through the use of grants and subsidies.
Currently, most heavy-duty hybrids come at a significant cost premium and that will continue until economies of scale are established, company officials pointed out.
“Government incentives are necessary to establish a market for these vehicles with environmental benefits, similar to the incentives offered for hybrid passenger vehicles,” said Tom Kelly, Mack senior vice-president, product portfolio management. “The public benefit of these incentives will be reduced environmental impact as hybrid heavy-duty trucks become more common.”
ArvinMeritor was also represented on Capitol Hill, where it showcased its own hybrid system currently in use byWal-Mart.
Wal-Mart is currently evaluating ArvinMeritor’s first hybrid drivetrain system in linehaul applications.
“While most hybrid systems today are best suited for start-stop applications, our hybrid drivetrain is specifically designed for linehaul, over-the- road trucks, the largest segment of the commercial vehicle population,”said Carsten J. Reinhardt, president of ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business.
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