Series System for Buses and Medium Trucks Planned for 2016
Parker Hannifin is in the final validation phase for a third-generation series hydraulic hybrid drivetrain, for buses and medium duty trucks, that’s to enter production in January 2016. The new product will complement Parker’s RunWise brand series hydraulic hybrid drive now in service in some 200 Autocar E3 refuse trucks in the U.S.
“We’re still seeing better than 43% savings and have five years of data to back that up,” Parker hybrid drive systems division GM Shane Terblanche says of the RunWise drive.
And, RunWise allows “one brake job in the life of the vehicle,” he says, as compared to once in about three months for non-hybrid refuse trucks.
“We are about to deploy 29 units in Miami,” he adds, in reference to a follow-on order for Miami-Dade County disclosed late last year (F&F, November 4).
Florida has the most RunWise trucks in service, with Orlando a significant customer in addition to the Miami area. There are new deployments in Washington State, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, and in Redding, Calif. and Loveland, Colo. RunWise vehicles are being tested in Australia and Brazil, too.
Half the Weight, Half the Price
The new drive, based on units tested by FedEx and UPS, will be simpler to install and weigh about half as much as the RunWise drive. “We expect it to be half the price of RunWise” to the vehicle-building customer, Terblanche told F&F, with comparable performance advantages.
OEMs that will offer the third generation Parker drive have yet to be determined, he says.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview and follow-up