Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

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opportunity for us in China, and same thing in Europe." The company is continuing its R&D into these systems for those markets. "We stay close to our customers," Michels says, "and obviously if we see customer demand starting to pick back up, we'll get right back into it." In the meantime, there are other companies out there pursuing hy- brids, both in the OE market and in the aftermarket conversion arena. Here are a few: BAE HybriDrive Designed for Class 6-8 trucks, the HybriDrive is a parallel hybrid product targeting applications in refuse, pickup and delivery, utility, and construction. The system is based on a single electric machine integrated with the engine and the transmission and can be installed with minimal impact to the vehicle, according to the company. Propulsion is enhanced through an optimized blending of power from a conventional power source and from the electrical power source. Although the HybriDrive is in operation in city buses, the truck product is not in production yet. The company is field testing pre-production units. Crosspoint Kinetics This unit of Cummins Crosspoint, formed a year ago and headquartered in Indianapolis, offers a next-gen- eration bolt-on hybrid for Class 3-7 vehicles. So far most of the production ve- hicles are in the transit arena, but the But the market changed, and the company recently confirmed to HDT that it's no longer offering its diesel- electric hybrids in North America. "There really isn't a market for those products," says Jim Michels, global business communications man- ager for Eaton's vehicle group. "If the www.monroeheavyduty.com Replacing worn shocks may help prevent costly, abnormal wear to a new set of steer and/or drive tires. Protect your investment with the premier name in ride control. Monroe ® Shock Absorbers. ©2014 Tenneco Tires Are Expensive. Shocks Are Not. A smart decision now may save money later. Circle 115 on Reader Action Card market comes back, we'll re-enter." The market started drying up when federal credits expired, he says. "We be- gan to see a downturn in orders and it's progressively gotten lower and lower. "On the flip side, our hybrid busi- ness in China is doing fantastic," Michels says. "City buses are a huge 84 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com ALTERNATIVE FUEL Crosspoint Kinetics offers a next- generation bolt-on hybrid for Class 3-7 vehicles, using ultra-capacitors instead of batteries to store energy.

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