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Navistar demonstrates hybrid trucks to head of US DoT

MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Navistar's engine group hosted a special guest this week, US Department of Transportation Sec...

MELROSE PARK, Ill. — Navistar’s engine group hosted a special guest this week, US Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who visited the facility to take a closer look at International’s hybrid-electric vehicles.

Navistar showcased its International DuraStar Hybrid, a medium-duty utility truck with Eaton’s hybrid-electric system during Peters’ visit. Navistar says it’s the first truck and diesel engine company to enter production of hybrid commercial trucks.

“Diesel hybrid technology from Navistar reduces fuel costs and reduces emissions,” said Patrick E. Charbonneau, vice-president, government relations, Navistar. “The US economy rides on the back of the truck industry and Navistar is the industry leader for fuel efficiency and clean technologies.”

Navistar says its International DuraStar Hybrid provides fuel savings of 30-40%, or more than 60% in utility applications where the electric motor can be used to power the man lift. It also eliminates the need to idle the vehicle when using auxiliary devices such as a bucket. The company says it currently has more than 200 hybrid trucks in service.

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