Peterbilt Motors Delivers First Medium Duty Hybrid

Thu February 14, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Peterbilt Motors Company delivered its first medium duty hybrid vehicles into the market in August to McCoy’s Building Supply, the company announced.

Two Model 335 hybrid electric vehicles were introduced into McCoy’s fleet of delivery trucks used to deliver lumber and other supplies throughout the greater San Antonio, Texas, area.

“Peterbilt is proud to be at the forefront in the development and production of green technologies that not only help save the environment, but contribute to our customers’ bottom line by providing greater fuel savings and reduced maintenance costs,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.

“Our partnership with McCoy Building Supply was a natural fit as both our companies are dedicated to environmental leadership and exceeding customer expectations by delivering the highest quality products in our industries.”

According to McCoy Building Supply, when it came time to select a manufacturer who demonstrated an equal dedication to protecting the environment, the choice was clear.

“As an industry leader, McCoy’s is committed to using its influence in the marketplace to promote the conservation of natural resources,” said Art Johnson, McCoy’s vice president of store development and asset management.

“We support responsible environmental management practices that result in long term economic and environmental benefits, and Peterbilt’s commitment to conservation makes them a natural partner for McCoy’s.”

The hybrid electric Model 335 uses an electric motor that works with the mechanical diesel engine to supply supplemental torque. The system stores energy during stopping through regenerative braking and then reuses it for acceleration. During typical stationary operation of the PTO, the engine needs to run only approximately one-sixth of the time versus non-hybrid vehicles. The engine automatically starts when batteries require recharging, which takes approximately 4.5 minutes.

Fuel use, emissions and noise are greatly reduced. Maintenance requirements also are reduced from less wear on the engine and the brakes.

“While our hybrid trucks have just been put into our daily operations, we anticipate receiving a 30 to 35 percent savings in fuel costs in addition to the reduction in maintenance costs,” Johnson said.

McCoy’s Building Supply, headquartered in San Marcos, Texas, has 86 stores and two manufacturing facilities located throughout five states. They have 350 trucks in the fleet and offer same or next day delivery on most items.

For more information, call 800-4-PETERBILT or visit

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