Mack to Manufacture Hybrid Electric Truck
LEHIGH VALLEY, PA – Mack Trucks recently received a $1.2 million contract through Southwest Research Institute to develop diesel hybrid electric technology that will ultimately be used in military and commercial vehicles.
The project involves designing a hybrid vehicle to be used for refueling operations at U.S. Air Force bases. The long-term goal is to develop heavy-duty trucks that operate on a combination of electricity and diesel fuel. Anticipated advantages of this hybrid electric technology include better fuel economy, longer engine and brake system service intervals, and reduced emissions.
Denis Leblond, Mack Powertrain senior vice president said that a likely commercial use for the technology is a refuse hauler based on a Mack truck platform. Mack is the leading manufacturer of refuse vehicles in North America with approximately 70 percent of the market.
Mack Powertrain has already defined a prototype vehicle configuration and initiated design work on the motor and drive electronics. The goal is to deliver a working prototype to the Air Force by March 2005.
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