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Not the Kind of Hybrid You Might Expect

Chances are, when you think of a “hybrid” vehicle you think of something like this, the Prius: Chances are really good you don’t think of something like this, a Class 8 drayage truck (a truck that moves cargo a short distance, such from a ship to a warehouse) from Mack Trucks: But that truck is actually a hybrid vehicle that Mack Trucks has developed and is testing, in a project led by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
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Chances are, when you think of a “hybrid” vehicle you think of something like this, the Prius:

Prius2

Chances are really good you don’t think of something like this, a Class 8 drayage truck (a truck that moves cargo a short distance, such as from a ship to a warehouse) from Mack Trucks:

Mack

But that truck is actually a hybrid vehicle that Mack Trucks has developed and is testing, in a project led by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

This vehicle is based on a Mack Pinnacle daycab model. It features a Mack PM 7 diesel engine, a parallel hybrid system and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Notably, they’re using geo-fencing technology to determine when the truck can operate with the diesel engine and when—such as while at the port—it operates in pure electric mode.

The SCAQMD program is being funded by a $23.6-million grant from the State of California.

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