American Honda Motor has become the first company in the industry to introduce a Class 8 hybrid diesel-electric truck into its delivery fleet.
American Honda Motor has become the first company in the industry to introduce a Class 8 hybrid diesel-electric truck into its delivery fleet.. Click image to enlarge

Torrance, California – American Honda Motor has become the first company in the industry to introduce a Class 8 hybrid diesel-electric truck into its delivery fleet. Build for Honda by Peterbilt, the truck is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 45 tons per year, when compared to a diesel counterpart.

The truck will be part of the company’s fleet at its parts centre in Alpharetta, Georgia. Honda uses Class 8 trucks to transport service parts between its parts centres and dealerships. The company’s diesel truck fleet, operated by partner UPS Freight Truckload, typically travels 300,000 miles (482,803 km) per day overall.

The hybrid truck will be used along two routes, a hilly route in Tennessee and a relatively flat one in Georgia, to evaluate its fuel economy under various driving conditions. Honda will alternate the hybrid with a standard diesel truck and collect data, using engine telematics, to accurately compare the performance of the two along the same routes. Testing and evaluation will take place over the next year.

The truck operates much like a hybrid passenger vehicle, using a parallel diesel-electric hybrid system developed by Eaton Corporation. The system also powers the heating, air conditioning and electrical systems, using a no-idle auxiliary power unit when the engine is off.

Honda will also add a Peterbilt Class 7 medium-duty hybrid truck at its parts centres in Alpharetta and in Irving, Texas.

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