Eaton on Tuesday, Oct. 11, announced at the Hybrid, Electric and High Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) 2011 National Conference in Baltimore that customers of its hybrid systems collectively have accumulated more than 200 million miles of service, reducing diesel fuel consumption by 8 million gallons and harmful emissions by 80,000 metric tons.
Eaton says more than 5,500 of its hybrid systems are in use today worldwide on city buses, school buses, package delivery trucks, beverage delivery trucks, refrigerated delivery trucks, refuse and recycling trucks, utility vehicles and other commercial applications. Eaton says its hybrid systems and advanced drivetrains provide reliable and practical solutions for commercial vehicle manufacturers to comply with new U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas pollution standards in 2014. Eaton will begin working with vehicle manufacturers in 2012 to certify technologies with EPA to assist in complying with these new regulations.
“Eaton’s leadership position in hybrid power systems is expanding, and we’re seeing global acceptance of hybrid technology among truck and bus manufacturers as well as fleet owners and operators,” says John Ritter, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems Division. “Many initial hybrid customers are returning to place orders for trucks and buses, and a record number of new customers are starting to step forward and experience the benefits of our proven technology.”
The company says it set major hybrid systems milestones over the past two years, delivering systems to global customers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and United States. In addition to hybrid electric systems, Eaton last year began commercial production of its hybrid hydraulic system known as Eaton Hydraulic Launch Assist or Eaton HLA.