Parker Hannifin , a leader in motion and control technologies, has announced commercial commitment for its new hydraulic hybrid technology system, which dramatically increases fuel efficiency for Class 8 refuse trucks even as it improves drivability and performance.
The RunWise Hydrostatic technology performed so well in South Florida field trials last summer that the communities of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami chose to upgrade their refuse collection fleets and purchase a total of 11 Autocar E3 trucks with the new RunWise technology. Delivery is expected in mid-year 2010.
“These orders build on our ongoing development and commercialization of our unique hydraulic hybrid technology platform and demonstrates the adaptability of our technologies to different vehicle classes,” said Jeff Cullman, Group President, Hydraulics for Parker Hannifin.
“A variation of this technology platform has already received commercial scale orders for use on walk-in delivery vehicles. We are particularly pleased to see our public agency partners lead the way in recognizing the benefits that this technology can bring in terms of lower operating costs and reduced environmental impact.”
Features of the technology:
- RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology features proprietary software that allows for seamless shifting and smoother braking, improving drivability.
- During a full month of testing in South Florida, the RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology system registered a 72 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
- On an annual basis, the green technology reduces each truck’s carbon footprint by an estimated 28 tons along routes with frequent stops.
- The technology extends the brake maintenance period for each truck from every 6 months to once every 24 months to even 30 months depending on duty cycle.