Los Alamos County, new Mexico recently took delivery of the first hydraulic hybrid refuse truck in the State of New Mexico: a Peterbilt Model 320 equipped with Eaton’s hydraulic launch assist system (HLA) (earlier post) and a Wayne Curbtender residential automated side loader. The truck will be used in daily residential refuse pick up operations and is the latest initiative by the County toward meeting its goals for Environmental Sustainability.
According to information from the manufacturers, the new Model 320 Hybrid with Eaton HLA can save more than 1,000 gallons of fuel per year, reduce emissions by up to 20% and can extend brake life by up to 300%. The HLA System captures the trucks’ kinetic energy during braking to assist in launching and accelerating the vehicle. The technology works by recovering up to 75% of the energy normally lost as heat by the vehicle’s brakes in the form of pressurized hydraulic fluid.
The Model 320 Hybrid was engineered to meet the reliability demands of refuse collection routes with 800-1,200 stops per day.
Los Alamos National Laboratory will take delivery on a new Peterbilt Model 320 hydraulic hybrid, equipped with a New Way Mammoth 40 front loader, in September, 2010.