Maryland, DOE and Daimler Trucks North America begin deployment of 143 heavy-duty hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic trucks
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has launched the deployment of 143 heavy-duty Freightliner hybrid electric and Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid hydraulic trucks under the Maryland Hybrid Truck Initiative (MHTI).
MHTI is utilizing $5.9 million in grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the DOE to help offset the incremental cost to purchase and deploy these heavy-duty hybrid trucks that are designed to meet the operational demands of local goods movement.
The official announcement was made at a ribbon-cutting celebration commemorating the first wheels-on-the-ground funded by MHTI at the Nestle Waters North America Deer Park facility in Baltimore.
MHTI is made possible through the creation of a public-private partnership led by the DOE and its Clean Cities program, together with the MEA and DTNA. Five dedicated partner fleets—ARAMARK, United Parcel Service, Nestle Waters of North America, Sysco Corporation, and Efficiency Enterprises—were selected to participate in the initiative based on their demonstrated record of implementing large-scale truck deployments and commitment to advanced clean vehicle technology development.
These five partner fleets are the combined recipients of the 143 heavy-duty hybrid trucks and have centered their deployments in Maryland and other clusters nationwide to maximize the impact of mechanic training on hybrid repair, service, and deployment.