New York sanitation department runs first Hino hybrid

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Hino Trucks announced Thursday, May 20, that it has brought its light-duty diesel-hybrid cabover to the United States for the first time, providing its hybrid to the New York Department of Sanitation. Hino’s diesel-hybrid COE will be on display at the 22nd annual Vehicle and Equipment Show, hosted by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation.

As part of its initiative to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, DSNY has elected to run a Hino diesel-hybrid COE for parts delivery. The Hino diesel-hybrid COE has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 pounds and a 16-foot van body. “The Hino hybrid has been running a dedicated route supplying our service centers and has been performing very well,” says Rocco DiRico, deputy commissioner of support services for DSNY. “The fuel economy advantages and reduced CO2 output provided by the Hino hybrid truck support our environmental initiative.”

Hino expects to offer its next-generation hybrid Class 4 and 5 COE trucks in the United States in the near future. Having already produced more than 9,800 hybrid vehicles, Hino says it is looking forward to its milestone 10,000th hybrid vehicle by the end of 2010. Hino has been developing its hybrid technology since the 1970s and built its first hybrid truck in 1993.

“We are excited to introduce our world-leading hybrid technology to the U.S. market,” says Glenn Ellis, vice president of marketing and dealer operations for Hino Motors Sales U.S.A. Inc. “Hino’s hybrid technology is well suited to meet the challenging needs of our changing market, and we look forward to demonstrating our capabilities to DSNY.”