Warrenville, Illinois – Navistar has become the first truck and bus manufacturer to receive total hybrid vehicle certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for improving fuel economy and overall emissions. The certification is in recognition of Navistar’s optimized engine and hybrid system in its International DuraStar Hybrid box van and utility truck, and IC Bus CE Series hybrid bus.
On April 24, CARB voted to implement a US$25 million voucher incentive to accelerate the deployment of about 1,000 medium- and heavy-duty diesel hybrid trucks and buses in California. Those who purchase commercial hybrid vehicles under this program will receive incentives ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 per vehicle. Navistar’s CARB-certified vehicles will add a voucher worth another $5,000 per vehicle under the incentive.
“This is a win-win for everyone in California,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar North American truck group. “By working together, we created the opportunity to put more clean diesel hybrid trucks and buses on California’s roads, and we’re proud that Navistar’s hybrid leadership directly puts money back into our customers’ pockets.”
In August 2007, Navistar delivered the first hybrid diesel school bus to the Napa Valley Unified School District in California. While most diesel-only school buses achieve an average of 6 to 7 mpgUS (39.2 to 33.6 L/100 km), the hybrid bus is rated an average 13 mpg (18.0 L/100 km).