Hino Trucks Unveils New Commercial Hybrids

A new, cleaner truck option is coming  for local delivery fleet operators in the US.  Hino Trucks announced the addition of two new diesel-hybrid medium-class trucks to its product lineup at the recent NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

The new class 4 155h and class 5 195h cab over models are based off of their purely-diesel cousins but add in an electric motor, NIMH battery and computerized control system that helps manage the balance of use between the two engines based on road conditions, acceleration demands and the weight of the load that they carry.

Hino Hybrid Truck

image via Hino

The 5-liter diesel engine cranks out 210 hp and 440 lb. ft. of torque and is the first to offer a 6 speed automatic transmission. The 155h and 195h accommodate load weights of 14,500 lb. GVW and 19,500 lb. GVW respectively. The manufacturer made the cab more curvy and stylish than traditional trucks which does good things for its looks but, according to Hino, is intended to make the truck more aerodynamic as well.

The US version of the truck is based on a North American standard 33 inch frame rail width which Hino took advantage of, making the cab wider and more spacious inside. Hino boasts that the new truck will “provide room for drivers up to 6 ft. 6 in. tall, seating for three and a versatile mobile workspace with a variety of organizational storage options.”   A crew cab version will also be available.

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