Modified Ford F59-Chassis Vehicle for Service in Toronto
With Drive Installed by Morgan Olson; L&H Is Doing So Too
AmeriPride Services, which provides linens and uniforms via a fleet of some 1,900 vehicles in North America, is deploying its first hydraulic hybrid delivery truck, says driveline supplier Lightning Hybrids. this item was initially posted on November 17
The vehicle, a 2014 Ford F59 chassis with a Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body, will be put into delivery service for Canadian Linen in Toronto, Lightning reports. The Lightning drive was installed at the Morgan Olson facility in Sturgis, Mich.
(Lightning Hybrids advised F&F on Tuesday that Leggett & Platt will be installing its hydraulic hybrid systems too.)
The truck for AmeriPride “will achieve better fuel economy than the comparable non-hybrid vehicle because it captures, stores and re-uses the braking energy which is normally wasted in the conventional, non-hybrid vehicle,” Lightning says.
A Hybrid with No Batteries
“The Lightning Hybrids system does not have any batteries, instead safely and efficiently storing energy mechanically in composite hydraulic accumulators, which are a fraction of the cost and weight of batteries,” Lightning says.
“Testing this hydraulic hybrid is a part of a larger company initiative to reduce energy consumption and our carbon footprint,” AmeriPride Services and Canadian Linen senior plant operations and supply chain VP Brian Keegan said in a Lightning release.
“Last year our company launched a pilot program to test compressed natural gas, propane and plug-in electric vehicles in an effort to positively impact the environment and assess the impact on the company’s overall operations,” Keegan said.
‘Another Way to Reduce Emissions and Increase Fuel Savings’
According to Lightning, AmeriPride has replaced many of its cargo vans with fuel efficient sedans and rerouted a majority of its service routes to reduce mileage. “It has also incorporated better internal controls to reduce idling and speeding and implemented better training and communication with drivers to increase awareness and promote behavioral change.”
“More large fleets are interested in these new fuel saving technologies and Morgan Olson is leading the way to incorporate these systems into our walk-in van builds,” Morgan Olson fleet sales director Larry Palmer says in Lightning’s AmeriPride announcement.
“We’ve built our legendary walk-in vans on every new technology from electric to CNG and propane, and we believe hydraulic hybrids are another way to reduce emissions and increase fuel savings,” Palmer said.
Lightning Hybrids manufactures its hydraulic systems in Loveland, Colo.
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Source: Lightning Hybrids with Fleets & Fuels follow-up