BAE Systems and Crane Carrier showed a hybrid electric refuse truck that’s about to begin working trials. The truck will first be tested with Los Angeles carters, before going to Seattle this summer and elsewhere in the U.S. later in the year.
The real-world refuse collectors “will be working with us to validate the fuel efficiency claims,” says Crane’s Glenn Pochocki. According to BAE, fuel economy improvements could amount to 30%.
The truck has the new parallel version of BAE’s HybriDrive system. The series version powers more than 3,800 transit buses worldwide. BAE uses power-dense Remy motors and an off-the-shelf Caterpillar CX transmission that allows the drive to be installed in a wide range of vehicles.
The partners are targeting commercial launch in mid-2013 with production commencing in the fall for the 2014 model year.
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