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Thirsty for fuel savings? Try Freightliner’s new hybrid beverage truck

PORTLAND, Ore. Freightliner's highly anticipated Business Class M2 106 Hybrid drop frame beverage truck is now av...

PORTLAND, Ore. Freightliner’s highly anticipated Business Class M2 106 Hybrid drop frame beverage truck is now available. Designed for fuel savings and reduced emissions, the Class 6 features the Eaton medium-duty hybrid electric system and is built specifically to address the challenges of hauling loads in an urban setting.

The first trucking manufacturer in the country to offer drop frame hybrid electric beverage trucks, Freightliner Trucks responded to the needs of the market by providing a fuel efficient truck that benefited the environment, said Melissa Kellogg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

“Freightliner engineered a vehicle more conducive to sustainability,” Kellogg said. “Our customers want a better business tool that improves efficiency and environmental stewardship.”

Freightliner’s hybrid electric vehicle, which features a diesel engine coupled with an electric motor/generator and batteries, works in line with the engine and transmission enabling operation with electric or diesel power either separately or together.

“The M2 106 can boast up to a 30% savings in fuel consumption and up to an 87% reduction in idling time,” said Mark Lloyd, market development manager for Eaton. “Eaton Corporation developed and supplies the hybrid electric system for Freightliner Trucks.”

An added benefit of reducing idling time and subsequent lower emissions is that the M2 106 is designed to produce less noise, allowing for quieter loading and unloading in urban settings.
Freightliner engineers also maximized the amount of space of the 12-bay beverage body by mounting most of the integrated hybrid components underneath and behind the cab.

“We designed the M2 106 Hybrid to maximize capacity so that our beverage customers could haul larger quantities,” Kellogg said.

Intended for easy access to cargo and featuring simplified loading and unloading, the drop frame truck is designed to maximize load capacity while maintaining superior maneuverability, visibility and driver comfort which the Business Class M2 is known for. The aerodynamic aluminum cab offers a 55-degree wheel cut, sloped hood and a 2,500-square-inch windshield designed for excellent visibility and increased safety.

The M2 106 Hybrid originally entered the market as a prototype at the 2006 Great American Trucking Show. The truck has since travelled across the US to customers interested in testing it within their fleets.

In addition to the beverage market, the M2 Hybrid can be used in utility, pickup and delivery and power takeoff operations.

“Hybrids are a win-win for both the industry and the environment, and Freightliner is pleased to be the first to offer the drop frame beverage hybrid in the market,” Kellogg said.

The M2 106 Hybrid beverage truck is available for order. For more information visit or call 800-FTL-HELP.

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