U.S. is the Leader of Green Truck Industry

U.S. is the Leader of Green Truck Industry

In January 2009 President Obama declared strong support for initiatives that aim to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming. As a part of his green stimulus package, he assigned $2.4 billion for loans and grants to companies investing in the development of low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicles.

Some of the federal money went to Navistar – a company that specializes in the production of trucks, buses, and vehicle engines. At first the company received a $39.2 million grant to develop its first all-electric commercial truck called eStar. The vehicle had its official premiere on May, 13th. It is a medium-duty vehicle with a range of 100 miles, and maximum speed of 50 mph. Its battery can be fully charged in 6 to 8 hours and, if necessary, can be exchanged in 20 minutes , which enables 24/7 operation.  The truck will be now tested by FedEx in its Los Angeles fleet. The manufacturer claims that eStar can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 10 tons of carbon dioxide a year when compared to diesel trucks. In January 2010 Navistar was given a hefty sum of $37.3 million – this time for investment in a “Super Truck” featuring a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.  Better efficiency is expected to be achieved by improving truck and trailer aerodynamics, waste heat recovery, combustion efficiency, hybridization, and idle reduction.

Another beneficiary of President Obama’s program is Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation. The $32 million grant is to support the production of all-electric zero emissions commercial trucks. The money should incentivize Smith’s customers participating in a commercial electric vehicle test program. The customers will be offered a subsidy in exchange for data gathered on vehicles placed into service. Currently Smith manufactures one of the world’s largest battery-electric-powered trucks – Newton. The vehicle is equipped with a lithium-ion battery that gives a maximum speed of 50 mph and a range of 100 miles.  Newton runs without noise or vibration and stores electric energy during stopping thanks to regenerative braking. Smith’s trucks are used by Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, AT&T, and Staples among others. As the CEO of Smith, Bryan Hansel claims, they are perfect as urban delivery vehicles that have lots of starts and stops on their everyday route. Here is how Staples’ Fleet Manager explains the benefits of using Smith’s trucks:

More of these interesting green vehicles and mechanical solutions were presented at the Green Truck Summit which took place during the Work Truck Show 2010 in March. The Work Truck Show Green Award was given to Terex Utilities for their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system that operates the truck’s aerial lift without the need of running the engine. The huge advantage is that the system can be installed on any chassis; therefore even the drivers of used trucks can benefit and save on fuel.

Written by the team of Mascus.com. Visit our site to find various new and used trucks for sale.

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