Straight Diesel, CNG, Parker Hannifin Hydraulic Hybrid to be Compared
The City of Santa Cruz, Calif. will test three different Autocar trucks to see how compressed natural gas and a hydraulic hybrid drive compare with straight diesel.
Santa Cruz has ordered three Autocar trucks: the latest Xpeditor model fueled by diesel, another fueled by natural gas, and the third an E3 variant (diesel-fueled) with the RunWise heavy duty series hydraulic hybrid drive by Parker Hannifin.
“We’re going to compare the three different technologies in both emissions and fuel economy,” says Paul Soderstrom of Santa Cruz. Operations will commence next year.
All three will have Automizer brand automated split sideloader bodies by Labrie.
The bodies are installed at the Central Valley Truck Center branch in Paso Robles, Calif.
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