The Florida communities of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami are purchasing 11 Autocar E3 refuse trucks fitted with parker Hannifin’s RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology. (Earlier post.) Delivery is expected in mid-year 2010.
RunWise features proprietary software that allows for seamless shifting and smoother braking, improving drivability. During a full month of testing in South Florida, the RunWise system registered a 72% improvement in fuel efficiency. On an annual basis, the technology reduces each truck’s carbon footprint by an estimated 28 tons along routes with frequent stops.
In addition, the technology extends the brake maintenance period for each truck from every 6 months to once every 24 months to even 30 months depending on duty cycle. The system is in pre-production. Full production is expected in 2011.
These orders build on our ongoing development and commercialization of our unique hydraulic hybrid technology platform and demonstrates the adaptability of our technologies to different vehicle classes. A variation of this technology platform has already received commercial scale orders for use on walk-in delivery vehicles. We are particularly pleased to see our public agency partners lead the way in recognizing the benefits that this technology can bring in terms of lower operating costs and reduced environmental impact.
—Jeff Cullman, Group President, Hydraulics for Parker Hannifin