Hydraulic Hybrid Driveline Introduced with Morgan Olson Body
Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids will introduce the first application of its hydraulic hybrid driveline technology on a walk-in box truck at the South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting in Merrillville, Ind. tomorrow, February 17.
The fuel-saving Lightning drive will be shown on a Ford F59-chassis with Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body.
Lightning uses a hydraulic system store energy harvested via regenerative braking, applying it for the vehicle’s next acceleration. “The system, which does not have electric batteries, uses this otherwise wasted energy for acceleration, supplementing power from the internal combustion engine to reduce fuel costs for fleet owners and greatly cut emissions,” Lightning says: nitrogen oxide emissions are reduced by up to 90% and fuel efficiency enhanced by up to 30%.
‘Dramatically Lengthens Brake Life’
“Additionally,” the company says, “the hybrid system dramatically lengthens brake life and the increased low-end torque improves acceleration.”
“Lightning Hybrids is providing the heavy-duty marketplace with the hybrid technology needed to transform fleets to more environmentally friendly operations, while reducing operating costs associated with fuel and maintenance,” Lightning sales VP Dave Brosky said in a Monday release.
Lightning notes that its systems is now eligible for incentives under Chicago’s Drive Clean Truck” voucher program. Other states that offer grants and funding for Lightning Hybrids’ systems include Colorado, Maryland and Massachusetts,.
The South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting is being held at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Ind. from 10:30am–2pm on February 17.
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