refuse vehicles put to work in Florida
Parker Hannifin Corporation in partnership
with Autocar, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles and class
8 trucks, delivered hybrid-powered refuse vehicles that place
three South Florida municipalities among the nation’s pioneers
in adopting the best technology available to promote cost savings
and sustainability in their communities. The new Autocar E3 refuse
vehicles feature Parker’s RunWise® advanced series hybrid drive
system, which dramatically increases fuel savings and lowers
emissions even as it improves drivability and performance.
At its National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann
Arbor, Michigan, EPA played a significant role in pioneering
hydraulic hybrid technology and partnered with Parker and Autocar
in the early testing of these vehicles.
The RunWise advanced series hybrid drive 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. RunWise
features proprietary software that allows for seamless shifting
and smoother braking, improving drivability.
During a full month of testing in South Florida, the RunWise
system registered a 42 percent reduction in fuel consumption,
which is equivalent to nearly double the miles per gallon. On
an annual basis, the green technology reduces each truck’s carbon
footprint by more than 38 tons along routes with frequent stops.
In addition, the technology extends the brake life for each truck
by up to eight times depending on the duty cycle, resulting in
dramatically reduced maintenance costs.