U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters recently visited Navistar’s Engine Group headquarters in Melrose Park, Ill., to evaluate first-hand the benefits of a burgeoning new technology available for the commercial transportation industry – diesel hybrid electric power.
Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is the leading manufacturer of diesel hybrid commercial trucks, school buses and commercial vans.
The International DuraStar Hybrid – a medium-duty utility truck that has been in service with ComEd for more than two years – along with a plug-in hybrid school bus from Navistar’s subsidiary IC Bus, LLC, were demonstrated to Secretary Peters.
Navistar is the first truck and diesel engine company to enter production of hybrid commercial trucks and buses. As diesel fuel prices continue their volatility and engine emissions requirements tighten, the International DuraStar Hybrid is drawing widespread attention for its environmental advantages. The hybrid unit provides customers like utility companies, telecom companies and delivery companies with improved fuel efficiency and reduced engine emissions.