Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, a global developer of hybrid power systems for commercial trucks and buses, announced at the Hybrid, Electric and High Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) 2011 National Conference in Baltimore, MD, that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 200 million miles of service, reducing diesel fuel consumption by 8 million gallons and harmful emissions by 80,000 metric tons.
More than 5,500 of Eaton’s hybrid systems are in use today worldwide on city buses, school buses, package delivery trucks, beverage delivery trucks, refrigerated delivery trucks, refuse and recycling trucks, utility vehicles and other commercial applications. Eaton's hybrid systems and advanced drivetrains will provide reliable and practical solutions for commercial vehicle manufactures to comply with new U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas pollution standards in 2014. Eaton will begin working with vehicle manufacturers in 2012 to certify technologies with the EPA to assist in complying with these new regulations.
“Eaton’s leadership position in hybrid power systems is expanding, and we’re seeing global acceptance of hybrid technology among truck and bus manufacturers as well as fleet owners and operators,” says John Ritter, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems Division. “Many initial hybrid customers are returning to place orders for trucks and buses, and a record number of new customers are starting to step forward and experience the benefits of our proven technology.”
The company set major hybrid systems milestones over the past two years, delivering systems to global customers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and United States. In addition to hybrid electric systems, Eaton began commercial production of its hybrid hydraulic system known as Eaton Hydraulic Launch Assist or Eaton HLA in the fall of 2010.
Eaton offers the world’s most complete lineup of hybrid systems for commercial vehicle applications and the charging and networked charging infrastructure for commercial and residential applications. Eaton hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic power systems are available through various truck and bus manufacturers globally including Crane Carrier Corporation, DAF, Daimler, Ford, Foton, Freightliner, International, Iveco, JNP, King Long, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Solaris, Tata, YoungMan, Yutong and Zhongtong.
Companies such as FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises and PepsiCo are using delivery vehicles with Eaton hybrid systems. Work trucks with Eaton hybrid power are also in service at Florida Power and Light, and many utility and telecom companies across North America and city bus transit fleets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America are using Eaton hybrid power in their fleets.
Benefits of the Eaton hybrid systems include fuel savings up to 35%, with similar percentages in emission reductions, extended brake life and idle time reductions of up to 87% during work site operations.