"Eaton hybrid commercial vehicles are true work horses that are helping our customers complete the job at hand while also helping them reduce their fuel consumption and level of pollutants," said Dimitri Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager of Eaton's Hybrid Power Systems Division. "This milestone has taken 10 years to achieve, but as the technology becomes even more mainstream and the benefits better understood, we are confident that we can reach the next 30 million miles in a fraction of the time."
FedEx accounts for more than five million miles on its Eaton-powered hybrid trucks and vans.
"Together we are demonstrating that hybrids are very reliable at reducing fuel consumption and emissions," said John Formisano, vice president, Global Vehicles, FedEx Express. "Since 2004, with the help of Eaton, we have reduced our fuel use by nearly 200,000 gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2,000 metric tons."
Eaton's hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and two hybrid hydraulic power systems are available or in development on truck models including International, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Iveco, DAF, Daimler and Ford. In addition, Peterbilt began offering customers a refuse truck with Eaton's HLA hydraulic hybrid power system in 2009, and Eaton was selected to provide nearly 400 plug-in hybrid utility vehicles as part of a U.S. Department of Energy grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
According to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, UPS's first generation hybrid diesel step delivery vans powered by an Eaton electric hybrid power system achieved up to a 37 percent improvement in average fuel economy. Eaton says the hybrid systems can deliver fuel savings up to 35 percent, with similar percentages in emission reductions, extended brake life and idle time reductions of up to 87 percent during work site operations which helps customers to significantly reduce their operating costs.
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