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EPA to Preview Series Hydraulic Hybrid Yard Hostler at SAE World Congress

The US Environmental Protection Agency and its industry partners will offer a preview of a series hydraulic hybrid yard hostler next week at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Mich. EPA launched the hydraulic hybrid hostler project in 2007. (Earlier post.)

EPA and its industry partners have applied EPA’s patented series hydraulic hybrid vehicle technology to the heavy-duty truck as part of the EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign’s Clean Ports USA program. Hostlers are large, off-road vehicles used to transfer cargo containers at marine ports, rail yards, warehouses and distribution centers. The trucks spend about half of their time idling and contribute to air pollution generated in ports throughout the world.

EPA’s unique series HHV power train efficiently recovers, stores and reuses braking power while significantly reducing idling and optimizing engine operation to use less fuel and reduce air pollution. HHV technology has been demonstrated and field tested in a number of vehicles, including package delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. EPA believes this vehicle design can improve the efficiency of the yard hostler operation by 50-60%.

Several EPA programs, including National Clean Diesel Campaign and its Clean Ports USA, Clean Automotive Technology, Office of International Affairs, and EPA Region 2 (New York and New Jersey) collaborated on this project. Industry technical partners include APM Terminals, Parker-Hannifin, Kalmar Industries, FEV Inc., R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. and Webasto. Additional support was provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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