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Eaton provides payback calculator for hybrid trucks

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Interested in exploring the realm of hybrids, but unsure whether or not the fuel savings will j...


Eaton's new hybrid value calculator can help fleets determine whether or not the savings offered by hybrid trucks will offset the increased purchase price.
Eaton's new hybrid value calculator can help fleets determine whether or not the savings offered by hybrid trucks will offset the increased purchase price.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Interested in exploring the realm of hybrids, but unsure whether or not the fuel savings will justify the up-front cost?

Eaton has developed a value calculator to determine an estimated return on investment for potential hybrid truck customers.

The calculator is available online at www.eaton.com/hybridvalue, and is able to predict the costs associated with operating a vehicle equipped with Eaton’s hybrid-electric powertrain. The calculator currently applies to trucks in two applications: pickup-and-delivery; and utility.

For delivery vehicles, the calculator considers: life-cycle; annual miles driven; and typical miles per gallon. On the utility side, the calculator also considers: hours per day at work-site; number of working days per year; and typical idle gallons per hour.

The tool calculates estimated price, savings and payback figures according to three scenarios: worst conditions; typical conditions; and best conditions.


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