Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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82 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com A nderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, known as San Diego's first certified green plumber, is turning to Hino's diesel-electric hybrid to help meet its sustainability goals. For Mary Jean Anderson, who took over the family-owned business 10 years ago, it is important to maintain an environmentally friendly mentality in all aspects of her company, includ- ing fleet vehicles. With 68 vehicles and growing, Anderson has been serving San Diego ily as was once predicted, thanks to stabilizing diesel prices, increased interest in natural gas as an alterna- tive fuel, and high up-front costs that were hard for fleets to recover in fuel savings. In 2002, Eaton announced it in- tended to become a primary supplier of hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains for commercial vehicles. By 2010, industry analysts were predicting that by 2015, hybrids would represent 8% of Class 6-8 trucks produced. County since 1978. Currently, Isuzu NPR trucks make up two-thirds of the fleet, but Anderson has one Class 5 Hino 195h diesel-electric hybrid and two more on the way. With less than a year under its belt, that first Hino has already reduced fuel costs for the company. According to Anderson, the hybrid Hino aver- ages 14 mpg, compared to 8 mpg for the non-hybrid Isuzus. However, hybrids have not caught on in commercial vehicles as heav- ALTERNATIVE FUEL Deborah Lockridge • Editor in Chief and Jim Park • Equipment Editor Hybrids A pioneering supplier has exited the market, but up-and-coming companies aim to fill the gap for light-, medium- and even heavy-duty trucks. Coca-Cola purchased 100 gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express delivery vans that were converted using the XL Hybrids powertrain.

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