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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