Eaton Corporation reached a milestone in December announcing that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively driven more than 100 million miles, saved four million gallons of diesel fuel and reduced emissions by 40,000 metric tons. Eaton’s hybrid systems are used nationwide in more than 4,500 city buses, school buses, package delivery trucks, beverage delivery trucks, refrigerated delivery trucks, refuse and recycling trucks, utility vehicles and commercial applications.
“Eaton’s leadership in hybrid power is expanding, and we’re seeing proven acceptance of hybrid technology among global truck and bus manufacturers as well as fleet owners and operators,” said Dimitri Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems Division. “The early adopters of the technology are returning to place orders for hundreds of trucks and buses, and a record number of new customers are starting to step forward and experience the benefits of our proven technology.”
Eaton offers a complete line of hybrid systems for commercial vehicles as well as charging infrastructure to support electrified vehicles. In addition, global companies like FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises and PepsiCo utilize Eaton’s hybrid systems in their delivery vehicles.
UPS, for example, ordered 130 of Eaton’s hybrid systems last year that are being deployed now in New York, New Jersey and California. UPS expects to save 66,085 gallons of fuel and 671 metric tons of emissions every year with the hybrid technology. With one of the largest private fleets of alternative fuel vehicles, UPS has improved its fleet fuel economy by 35 percent.
“Hybrid electric technology has proven itself to be effective in the field,” said Mike Britt, director of vehicle engineering for UPS. “We are eager to receive these new hybrids and get them on the road. Continued investment in fuel-efficient technology is a part of UPS’s overall environmental strategy.”
In addition to fuel savings up to 35 percent, Eaton hybrid systems extend brake life and idle time reductions by up to 87 percent, helping customers to significantly reduce their operating costs.