December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Eaton Corporation says that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, and have cumulatively saved 4 million gallons and 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
More than 4,500 of Eaton's hybrid systems are in use today on city buses, school buses, package delivery trucks, beverage delivery trucks, refrigerated delivery trucks, refuse and recycling trucks, utility vehicles and other commercial applications. Eaton has also begun offering a complete line of electric vehicle charging systems to further reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions.
The company set major hybrid systems milestones in 2010, delivering systems to global customers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and United States. Eaton also began commercial production of its hybrid hydraulic system known as Eaton Hydraulic Launch Assist, or HLA, in the fall of 2010.
"Eaton's leadership in hybrid power is expanding, and we're seeing proven acceptance of hybrid technology among global truck and bus manufacturers as well as fleet owners and operators," said Dimitri Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager of Eaton's Hybrid Power Systems Division. "The early adopters of the technology are returning to place orders for hundreds of trucks and buses, and a record number of new customers are starting to step forward and experience the benefits of our proven technology."
Earlier this year UPS ordered 130 of Eaton's hybrid systems for deployment in 2011 in New York, New Jersey and California. UPS estimates these 130 delivery vehicles will save 66,000 gallons of fuel and 671 metric tons of emissions annually, representing a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy.
"Hybrid electric technology has proven itself to be effective in the field," said Mike Britt, UPS's director of vehicle engineering. "We are eager to receive these new Hybrids and get them on the road. Continued investment in fuel-efficient technology is a part of UPS's overall environmental strategy."
Companies such as FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises and PepsiCo are using delivery vehicles with Eaton hybrid systems. Work trucks with Eaton hybrid power are also in service at Florida Power and Light, and many utility and telecom companies across North America and city bus transit fleets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America are using Eaton hybrid power in their fleets.
For more information on Eaton's electric vehicle charging capabilities, visit www.eaton.com/plugin