Semi Truck technology rolled into town a short time ago, led
collaboration between Peterbilt and Eaton. Already
achieved success in partnering to develop hybrid electric Class 6-7
vehicle platforms and Class 8 hybrid vehicles, the two companies are
now planning to begin offering heavy-duty hybrid semis by
Concept and final design refinements of the hybrid tractor
trailers is being supported by Walmart, which operates the second
largest private trucking fleet in the United States.
Over the next few years, Wal-Mart plans to use hybrid big rigs to
increase the efficiency of their fleet by 25%. Based on independent
testing, the fuel savings with hybrid semi trucks would be around
$10,000 per year, when compared to similar, non-hybrid models. Those
statistics don't even begin to measure the positive
truck hybrids would have on the environment due to reduced emissions.
Multiply this by the current semi population.
Not to be outdone, Kenworth introduced a medium-duty hybrid truck at
the 2007 Mid-America Trucking Show. A Class 6 hybrid -
truck, the T270 will see limited availability this year, with full
scale production expected in 2008. Industry experts agree
hybrid tractor trailer could achieve a fuel savings of 5-10% during
long hauls. In regional delivery operations, where increased
braking and reduced speeds would be the norm, efficiencies
be far greater. Hybrid Semi Trucks are here, more are coming,
someday we'll look back and remember when far less efficient semis
roamed the earth. Keep in mind that only a few years ago, hybrid car
was in its infant stages. Look where it is today. Only the
company that will own the hybrid truck and semi market
remains to be seen.
View the most recent video of a hybrid Semi being developed by Walmart.
The WAVE, or Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience is a one of a kind
prototype that could soon change fuel efficiency in large trucks. The
Obama administration is now pushing for manufacturers to improve these
types of vehicles over the next few years.