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Autocar Is Launching a CNG Hydraulic Hybrid for 2011

Hybrid? Natural Gas? Soon You Can Have It All.

Craig Teune, sales chief Cliff Buck, Jon Loftis and Brian Rhoades of Autocar with CNG-fueled Xpeditor truck with body by Labrie.

Craig Teune, sales chief Cliff Buck, Jon Loftis and Brian Rhoades of Autocar with CNG-fueled Xpeditor truck with body by Labrie.

“This time next year, mid-summer, we intend to introduce the hybrid RunWise system on CNG power,” says Autocar sales manager Cliff Buck. Clients are getting the good news here, he says.

That means a truck that not only burns clean compressed natural gas fuel, but far less of it, through use of a “RunWise” hydraulic hybrid drivetrain (from Parker Hannifin).

CNG emits better than 20% less greenhouse gas than diesel, Buck says. Tests of the RunWise hybrid over five years show a further 45% fuel savings, he says, with brake life extended 800 to 900%. Instead of every 90 days, “Now you’re going to be doing a brake job every two and a half years,” Buck says.

Autocar already claims the lead in Class 8 low cab forward refuse trucks powered by natural gas, as it expects to deliver more than 1,000 methane trucks in 2010, approximately double its volume of two years ago.
Meanwhile 11 of Autocar’s diesel-fueled Xpeditor E3 RunWise hydraulic hybrid trucks are entering service next month with three Florida fleets.

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