Autocar commercially launched the E3 Advanced Series Hybrid cab/chassis at Waste Expo 2011. Commercial launch is the culmination of a testing and validation program, and follows the successful implementation of a pre-production E3 fleet that is in service in the greater Miami area. (Earlier post.)
|The E3 in Miami. Click to enlarge.|
Operational results have shown fuel consumption reductions of 30-50%, with a typical saving of 45%. This translates into a savings of 4500 gallons of diesel fuel per year for an average refuse application, with a corresponding annual reduction of CO2 of 50 tons per truck. In addition to fuel savings, operators will also realize a dramatic reduction in brake wear, and reduced operational noise. These savings are realized in a platform that improves both performance and productivity resulting in environmental and operational benefits.
Autocar’s partner-supplier Parker Hannifin has developed the Runwise hybrid module that replaces the vehicles’ traditional automatic transmission. The E3 and Runwise have been recognized by the California ARB for the Hybrid Vehicle Incentive Program voucher program, and by the EPA as an Emerging Technology under the National Clean Diesel Campaign.
The Runwise hybrid drive system is built around Parker’s proprietary Power Drive Unit (PDU), C24 Variable Displacement Bent-Axis Hydraulic Pump/Motors, and Composite Bladder Actuators—all designed specifically for high power, high start-and-stop applications.