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Santa Cruz Tests Autocar Trio

July 27, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

Trials of a Parker Hannifin RunWise series hydraulic hybrid-powered Autocar E3 in Santa Cruz, Calif. convinced city officials to buy straight diesel and a CNG-fueled truck too, and compare the emissions and fuel efficiency performance of the three. All will have Automizer brand automated side loaders by Labrie. Photo courtesy Central Valley Truck Center (Fresno and Paso Robles).

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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