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April 22, 2010
Toronto continues to set an example for municipal fleets
  
The City of Toronto today unveiled the latest addition to its green fleet - a Peterbilt Model 320 Hybrid Class 8 collection truck with Eaton Corporation’s Hydraulic Launch Assist™ (HLA®) technology. It is the first vehicle of its kind in Canada. Pilot testing this hybrid truck is the latest step in the City’s efforts to green its vehicles, reduce fuel consumption and protect air quality and health.

“Pilot testing new vehicle technologies allows the City to assess if they are appropriate for our use before making a long-term commitment,” said Gerry Pietschmann, the City’s Fleet Services director. “With this vehicle the City has the potential to realize savings in fuel costs and reductions in air pollutant emissions. These are two things we consider when making additions to our fleet to further reduce our environmental impact.”

The HLA® system is a parallel hybrid system, in which the conventional diesel powertrain is supplemented by the addition of a hydraulic system that propels the truck forward and helps slow it down. The system is best suited for vehicles that operate in stop-and-go duty cycles such as collection trucks. Benefits of the system include a 20 to 30 per cent improvement in fuel economy, up to four times longer brake life, less wear-and-tear on the engine, and reduced brake replacement costs.

Adding green medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, such as the Model 320 Hybrid Class 8 collection truck, is a priority for the City, as outlined in the Green Fleet Plan, 2008-2011. The goal of the Green Fleet Plan is to reduce fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions of greenhouse gases and smog pollutants.

More information about Toronto’s Green Fleet or Green Fleet Plan is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fleet.

For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com. For more information about Eaton, visit www.eaton.com.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, cbromley@toronto.ca,
416-392-4993
Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Communications and Marketing Consultant, Finance and Administration, nhinds@toronto.ca, 416-392-2708



 

 

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