November 12, 2007
International becomes first company to enter hybrid commercial truck production
Warrenville, Illinois – International Truck and Engine Corporation has announced that it is the first company to enter line production of hybrid commercial trucks, with the production of the International DuraStar Hybrid, a diesel hybrid electric medium-duty truck that provides improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
“We believe that hybrid technology is an important development for the commercial transportation sector,” said Daniel Ustian, President and CEO of parent company Navistar International Corporation. “Increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions for the nation’s commercial trucks results in significant benefits for all of us. We strive to be the leader in developing energy-efficient transportation solutions in the commercial truck, commercial bus and school bus industries.”
The DuraStar Hybrid has proven to provide fuel savings from 30 to 40 per cent on standard in-city pickup and delivery applications, and can increase to more than 60 per cent in utility-type applications when the engine can be shut off and electric power operates the vehicle. Diesel emissions are completely eliminated when the hybrid truck operates equipment, such as overhead utility booms, solely on the truck’s battery power, instead of allowing the engine to idle.
In 2006, International built and delivered 24 development hybrid units to 14 major utility companies across North America.