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New York City Is Adding Macks

December 21, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CNG and More Bosch Rexroth HRB Hydraulic Hybrids

The New York City Department of Sanitation continues its deliberate progress toward alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, ordering several dozen compressed natural gas and hydraulic hybrid Mack trucks for fiscal year 2013.

Mack refuse truck with Bosch Rexroth HRB hydraulic hybrid driveline for the New York City Department of Sanitation

“We’re looking to buy more natural gas trucks in fiscal ’13. The number is 20,” says department mechanics supervisor Spiro Kattan. The 20 new Mack TerraPro trucks have bodies and CNG installations by McNeilus.

They will join three trucks already in hand, and 21 CNG trucks by Crane Carrier for a total of 44. “We’re expanding our fleet of natural gas trucks, slowly,” Kattan told F&F.

Gabrielli Truck Sales in Hicksville, Long Island, is the Mack dealer.

The New York City Department of Sanitation was formed in 1881 as the Department of Street Cleaning. Today it operates nearly 6,000 vehicles.

Kattan’s agency operates more than 2,200 collection vehicles at 59 different bases in the five boroughs of New York. New York City garbage trucks are tasked with operating snow ploughs, making slow-fill CNG fueling technology unacceptable, while the widespread bases make the development of fueling infrastructure costly.

“We are at the mercy of finding fuel,” Kattan says.

The New York City Sanitation fleet:

  • 2,230 collection trucks,
  • 450 mechanical street sweepers,
  • 275 specialized collection trucks,
  • 365 salt/sand spreaders,
  • 298 front end loaders, and
  • 2,360 various other support vehicles.

The agency has more than 9,000 employees.

HRB Macks for Detroit Too.

Also for fiscal 2013, NYC Sanitation is adding 32 Mack trucks with the HRB (hydrostatic regenerative braking) hydraulic hybrid driveline from Bosch Rexroth, now installed by the truck manufacturer. “It’s factory. It’s Mack,” says Kattan.

The 32 new hydraulic hybrid trucks will join 11 purchased in fiscal 2011 and four in 2012.

Also getting Mack trucks with the HRB drive is the City of Detroit, for eight units, says Dave Brosky of Bosch Rexroth. “Three are in service now and all eight should be in service by end of January,” he says.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels reportage


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