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Peterbilt to demonstrate hybrid trucks during demonstration tour

NAPA VALLEY, Cal. -- Peterbilt's medium-duty hybrid trucks are going on a road trip, to allow customers the opportu...

NAPA VALLEY, Cal. — Peterbilt’s medium-duty hybrid trucks are going on a road trip, to allow customers the opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience the drive first-hand.

The newly-available Peterbilt Models 330 and 335 hybrid-electric trucks will be featured on the tour. Customers can find out when the vehicles will be in their area by visiting or asking their local dealer.

The hybrid trucks offered by Peterbilt are intended for applications such as: utility; pickup-and-delivery; and dump.

“The Hybrid Demonstration Tour will allow customers to experience the excellent performance and ease of operation of our new hybrid medium-duty vehicles,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice-president. “These vehicles provide dramatic fuel savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the advanced hybrid technology.”

The Class 7 Model 335 hybrid can provide fuel savings of up to 50%, Peterbilt claims, due to improved highway mileage and also a reduction in idle-time at work sites. The electric motor can be used to power auxiliary devices such as a bucket, which can reduce idling by as much as 80%, the company says.

The Class 6 Model 330, meanwhile, can achieve fuel savings of over 30% due to its electric engine which assists the truck during acceleration. This version is ideal for deliveries in urban areas.

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