International Truck and Engine Corporation, a Navistar company (OTC: NAVZ), announced that it is the first company to enter line production of hybrid commercial trucks, the International(R) DuraStar(TM) Hybrid, a diesel hybrid electric medium-duty truck that provides customers with improved fuel efficiency and reduced engine emissions.
The International DuraStar Hybrid diesel hybrid electric truck has the proven capability to provide dramatic fuel savings from 30-40 percent on a standard in-city pickup and delivery applications. The fuel efficiency can increase to more than 60 percent in utility-type applications when the engine can be shut off, but electric power still operates the vehicle. Diesel emissions are completely eliminated when the hybrid truck operates equipment (like overhead utility booms) solely on the truck's battery power, instead of allowing the engine to idle.
In 2006, International built and delivered 24 developmental hybrid units to 14 major utility companies across North America with overwhelmingly positive results.
“These units are now successfully operating giving us confidence in the quality and reliability of our new hybrid electric product,” said Jim Williams, Director of Sales & Distribution, New Products, International Truck and Engine.
The key challenge facing the trucking industry is the high initial cost to bring the hybrid technology to market. As International builds scale, hybrid truck prices are expected to decrease dramatically, similar to price reduction in computer technology and home electronics equipment over the years. Many customers have also been working to secure government funding to help offset the cost of the new technology. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 can provide tax credits of up to $12,000 per unit.
In addition to production of the International DuraStar diesel hybrid, Navistar's contributions to advanced diesel-hybrid technology include:
-- IC Corporation, the nation's largest school bus and commercial bus manufacturer and a whole-owned affiliate of Navistar, recently announced it is the first and only bus manufacturer to begin production hybrid school buses in partnership with Enova Systems. The buses improve fuel efficiency by 70-100 percent while reducing emissions by up to 90 percent.
-- Scheduled delivery of the nation's first 19 plug-in hybrid school buses from IC Corporation to 11 states under the efforts of Advanced Energy, a non-profit consortium of school districts, state energy agencies and student transportation providers.
-- IC Corporation's announcement in October 2006 that it is launching a new line of diesel-electric hybrid commercial buses that use the Enova system.
-- Navistar's partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army, UPS and Eaton Corporation to develop the first-ever series diesel hydraulic hybrid urban delivery vehicle.
Specifications for the International Durastar diesel hybrid electric truck:
152" to 254"
8,000 - 14,000 lb. Capacity
12,200 - 23,000 lb. Capacity
Eaton Fuller Hybrid Drive 6-speed Automated Manual with or without ePTO
50 gallon Steel of Non-Polished Aluminum, Right Side Mounted Only
70 gallon Steel or Non-Polished Aluminum, Right Side Mounted Only
Leece-Neville - 145 Amp Alternators
Delco-Remy America 145 Amp Alternators
2 or 3 12-volt Battery
Hybrid - 340 Volt Lithium Ion Battery (Nominal)
Long Life Halogen
Body Circuit Switches
6 or 12 switches in Instrument Panel, 20 Amps Per Channel, 80 Amps Max Output
Horizontal, Aftertreatment Device, Frame Mounted Right Side Back of Cab, Includes Horizontal Tail pipe.