Honda adds Class 8 hybrid to truck fleet

  • 05-Mar-2009 03:35 EST
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The automaker will use the Peterbilt Model 386 hybrid truck to transport service parts between its parts centers and dealerships.

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has introduced a Class 8 hybrid diesel-electric truck into its fleet at its Alpharetta, GA, parts center. The SmartWay-certified Peterbilt Model 386 hybrid truck is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by almost 10,000 ton (9070 t) per year, compared to its diesel counterpart. Honda will alternate the hybrid with a standard diesel truck along two routes and will collect data using engine telematics to compare performance. Testing and evaluation will take place over the next year. The hybrid truck features a parallel diesel-electric hybrid system developed by Eaton Corp. The automaker also plans to add a Peterbilt Class 7 medium-duty hybrid truck soon at its parts centers in Irving, TX, and Alpharetta.

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