Hydraulic Hybrid Reduces Emission and Fuel Use, Manufacturer Says,
As It Seeks to Offer the Drive in More Trucks with More Engine Options
Heavy duty vehicle manufacturers worried about the federal government’s sweeping new greenhouse gas-fuel use reduction rules need look no further than RunWise hydraulic hybrid drive, already commercially available on Autocar refuse trucks, says developer Parker Hannifin.
“RunWise is a proven, cost-reducing transmission for refuse vehicles on the commercial market today that is providing significant returns to customers,” Parker hybrid drive systems division GM Shane Terblanche said in a release.
When it comes to the new regulations, “We have a solution for the heavy duty emissions reduction as well as the fuel consumption improvement requirements,” he told F&F.
Fuel Use Reduced by 43%
Parker notes that the U.S. EPA and NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, proposed a complex rule this past June calling for large diesel-powered vehicles such as refuse trucks manufactured from 2021 to 2027 to use 16% to 24% less fuel by 2027 (F&F, June 23).
RunWise hydraulic technology, now in use on more than 200 U.S. refuse trucks, has been shown to reduce fuel consumption by an average of 43%, the company says.
“Parker’s RunWise hydraulic transmission represents a premier, alternative technology that is already surpassing the EPA’s emission requirements by reducing fuel consumption and decreasing emissions for more than 30 cities across the U.S. that are using the technology,” the company says.
Fuel Use Reduced by 47%
“Since introducing the eighteen RunWise-equipped refuse trucks into our fleet two years ago, we’ve experienced tremendous savings on fuel consumption of 47% and estimate paring pollutants by more than 5,300 tons over a 10-year span,” Daryl Greenlee, fleet manager for the City of Orlando, says in the Parker Hannifin release.
“The technology continues to play an important role in achieving our Green Works Orlando goal to upgrade our entire fleet with sustainable green technology,” Greenlee said.
Orlando has ordered nine additional RunWise trucks, which will take its total to 27. Miami-Dade has 29 new vehicles on order, which will take its total to 64.
Casella Testing a RunWise Mack
“For 2016, we are expecting to put another 150 to 170 units on the market,” Terblanche says, noting that Parker’s fiscal year starts in July. The following year, calendar July 2017 through June 2018, is expected to see deployment of another 200 RunWise trucks.
Parker Hannifin is seeking is to offer RunWise in more vehicle models with more engine options, Terblanche says.
To that end, he reports, Vermont-based Casella Resource Solutions is testing RunWise in a Mack-chassis truck with MP7 engine (Autocar E3 trucks with RunWise have the Cummins ISL).
CNG Option Expected Early in 2016
And, a Dennis Eagle-chassis truck with Cummins ISB diesel engine and RunWise drive is being tested by the Sydney municipality in Australia.
Parker Hannifin will show a compressed natural gas-fueled version of a RunWise Autocar E3 at the U.S. EPA’s Vehicle Technology Showcase in Ann Arbor, Mich. on October 13. The CNG-fueled RunWise truck is expected to be formally launched in the U.S. in January.
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Source: Parker Hannifin with Fleets & Fuels follow-up