Hino Trucks is now targeting late this summer for its new cabover hybrid electric, unveiled with great fanfare at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis last year, and subsequently shown at ACT Expo 2011.
“We are making it available to our dealers in September,” Hino VP Glenn Ellis says of the COE 195h. It will be priced about $12,000 higher than the straight-diesel cabover counterpart, he told F&F.
Hino had hoped to bring the hybrid to market in 2011. But the current plan for summer 2012 is actually good news, as Hino notified dealers this past autumn that Japan’s strong yen would delay the market advent of the new cabover line for two years. Summer 2012 is thus a year earlier than had been expected six months ago.
A Biodiesel Winner
In February, Hino was honored at the National Biodiesel Conference in Florida (F&F, February 13), earning the National Biodiesel Board’s Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award for 2012. Hino says it was nominated “for serving as a trailblazer among manufacturers as well as among hybrid truck manufacturers in supporting the use of B20 biodiesel blends.”
Hino’s “Biodiesel Impact” stems from its status as the first manufacturer to support the use of B20 blends in a hybrid-electric, as well as in its complete product line of Class 6 and 7 conventional trucks. “By offering the Class 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cabover that can use up to B20 biodiesel, our customers now have an option for a commercially acceptable alternative fuel truck,” Ellis said.
Also this year, Hino and Gretna, Va.-based Amthor International said they’ve formed a tank body program for Hino trucks for products including propane.
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