Eaton Corp. announced at the Work Truck Show on Feb. 27 that Coca-Cola Enterprises will purchase 120 new trucks in 2008 powered by Eaton’s hybrid-electric drivetrain system. The order is Eaton’s largest to date in North America for hybrid systems. Coca-Cola bought 20 trucks with Eaton’s hybrid system in 2007.
“We have been working with Coca-Cola Enterprises since 2003 to assess our systems,” says Dimitri Kazarinoff, general manager for emerging technologies at Eaton’s Truck Group. “Coca-Cola is demonstrating its commitment to reducing pollution and greenhouse gases, and Eaton is pleased to be a part of this effort.”
Coca-Cola’s testing and evaluation of its existing trucks equipped with Eaton’s hybrid-electric drivetrains resulted in a 32 percent reduction in emissions and a 37 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to conventionally powered equipment.
Eaton’s system relies on a parallel-type diesel-electric hybrid architecture in conjunction with Eaton’s Fuller UltraShift automated transmission. It incorporates an electric motor/generator between the output of an automated clutch and input of the transmission. The system recovers energy normally lost during braking and stores the energy in batteries.
Also at The Work Truck Show, held this week in Atlanta:
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