Indiana-based manufacturer Autocar has announced the commercial launch of the E3 Advance Series Hybrid at Waste Expo 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Autocar, a waste and recycling automaker, has been testing prototype models of the fleet in Miami, but is now ready to offer the vehicle to the larger market.
The company claims the E3 is the lowest emission Class 8 truck (over 3,300 pounds) available today, stating that the hybrid vehicle reduces fuel consumption up to 50% compared to standard models.
Autocar partnered with Parker Hannifin to replace the truck’s automatic transmission with a hybrid system that can save 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel each year and offset CO2 emissions by fifty tons per truck.
The E3 has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as an emerging technology vehicle under the Nation Clean Diesel Campaign that we recently covered following President Obama’s speech about upgrading America’s fleets to cleaner technology. As garbage trucks are needed in every city in the United States, this new vehicle will hopefully set new standards for others to follow.