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Lightning Hydraulics for Heavier Vehicles
Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids has been quietly testing a heavier version of its fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid driveline, suitable for Class 7 and Class 8 buses and trucks. Early installations include an 81-passenger Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner bus in Toronto and, with trials to begin this summer, a Tata BS III vehicle operated by BMTC, India’s Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp.
“Previous hydraulic hybrids available from the company are medium duty delivery trucks and shuttle buses,” Lightning says. “This new system moves Lightning Hybrids’ offerings into the heavy duty vehicles with other large bus and truck chassis options, such as Gillig and New Flyer, in the works.”
“Pilot systems have been in major international fleets since summer 2013,” Lightning says. “The fleets are pleased with reliability and efficiency results and are planning to purchase more of the hydraulic hybrid systems in the next quarter.”
Lightning claims fundamental advantages for the hydraulic hybrid, which stores energy in a high-pressure device called a hydraulic accumulator. There are no batteries to wear out, and vehicle brake life is dramatically extended as more kinetic energy is captured as compared with electric systems.
Lightning Hybrids (Booth 829) has named Dave Brosky, formerly of Bosch Rexroth, as sales VP. He is based in Detroit.