U.S. Air Force Displays New Mack Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Wed September 12, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The United States Air Force displayed Mack Trucks Inc.’s fuel-saving hybrid technology at the Hybrid Truck User Forum (HTUF) in Seattle. The Mack Granite model dump truck was built for the Air Force’s Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) and currently is stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

“Hybrid systems can have a major impact on reducing the more than 38 billion gallons of diesel fuel the U.S. trucking industry consumes every year,” said Paul L. Vikner, president and CEO of Mack.

“Mack’s research indicates that hybrid electric systems in heavy-duty trucks could save as much as 35 percent of the fuel consumed by conventionally powered vehicles.

“Thanks to the support of the Air Force and Congress, we’ve already met many of the challenges involved in turning the hybrid concept into a reality in heavy-duty trucks,” Vikner said. “Mack is proud to play a leading role in making these cleaner, quieter, fuel-efficient vehicles significant contributors to the prosperity of our customers — and our country — in the future.”

The Mack hybrid electric power train features an integrated starter, alternator and motor referred to collectively as an electric machine. The electric machine assists the Granite vehicle’s Mack MP7 diesel engine in providing torque to the wheels and regenerates energy during braking. This energy (stored in ultracapacitors) is then used in place of diesel fuel.

This technology provides the maximum fuel savings on routes with frequent braking and accelerations, particularly refuse collection and urban delivery, as well as certain construction applications.

For more information, visit www.macktrucks.com.

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