Freightliner Trucks Develops Hybrid Hazmat Truck for Pennington Gas Service

The Freightliner Trucks homepage features a story on how Freightliner, together with Eaton Corp., developed a Freightliner Business Class M2e Hybrid truck equipped with an Eaton Hybrid Electric Drivetrain System.

According to the story, the truck was created for Pennington Gas Service andmarks the first application of the Eaton parallel electric hybrid system to a hazardous material delivery application.

Pennington Gas Service delivers propane primarily to residential customers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. A longtime proponent of environmentally-friendly solutions, company partner Keith Pennington became interested in the Freightliner Business Class M2e Hybrid after test driving one at The Work Truck Show.

“I’d never seen a hybrid truck like this for the propane industry, and it was evident that Freightliner was leading the charge in pursuing this technology. So, I decided to find out more,” said Pennington. “Having been a Freightliner customer for almost 10 years, I knew they’d do everything possible to make my vision a reality.”

Pennington also noted the Business Class M2e Hybrid’s visibility, maneuverability and comfort were some of the key features that initially caught his attention.

“Pennington’s proposal for a hybrid hazmat delivery truck was certainly a challenge, but after tapping our engineers and partners such as Eaton Corp., and Signature Truck Systems, we knew that we could make it happen,” said David Bryant, vocational sales manager, Hybrids, for Freightliner Trucks.

The hybrid electric motor also provides additional power to launch the truck, further improving fuel economy in high stop-and-go operations. Pennington anticipates reducing fuel usage and emissions by up to 30 percent.

Source: Freightliner Trucks

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