A Navistar press release reported the unveiling of an additional hybrid truck configuration – the International DuraStar Hybrid tractor – which targets general freight haulers and food/beverage distributors.
Like the other trucks in the International DuraStar Hybrid line, this diesel electric hybrid Class 7 tractor can provide fuel savings of 20-25 percent on a standard in-city pickup and delivery applications. This savings is the equivalent of paying almost a dollar less per gallon at the pump.
International DuraStar Hybrid trucks employ a parallel-type, diesel-electric hybrid architecture that is supplied by Eaton Corporation. The hybrid-electric system recovers energy during braking, and can add power back into the driveline during start and acceleration, making it more efficient in city driving.
The hybrid also reduces the amount of emissions released into the air. Overall, the DuraStar Hybrid emits up to 33 percent less hydrocarbon emissions and 35 percent less nitrogen oxide emissions versus standard diesel trucks.