Hybrid Trucks

By Robert Robillard on Energy Saving

Hybrid Trucks

Hybrid Trucks ~ Optimize Fuel Economy

Hybrid Trucks and highly efficient vehicles have always interested me. As part of my carpentry business I drive a Chevy 2500 pick up for many reasons; including hauling, towing a tool trailer and snowplowing. Fuel economy is not one of them and has never been a variable that I could control.

Recently GMC came out with commercial hybrid trucks. According to GMC:

The 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid pickup truck, available in two- and four-wheel-drive models, features patented hybrid technology to optimize fuel economy.

The advanced 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System allows the pickup to operate up to 30 miles per hour in electric-only mode. And GM’s innovative two-mode hybrid transmission adds extra power via two electric motors.

This gives Sierra Hybrid best-in-class fuel economy and a 40% improvement in city fuel economy when compared to non-hybrid models. Plus, the powerful 6.0L V8 engine delivers the towing, hauling and tailoring capabilities truck fans expect in a full-size GMC pickup.

An oil company in Vermont, Bourne’s Energy, recently started using hybrid technology by employing two of these trucks to deliver propane to their customers.
It’s a hybrid; running on batteries and as a backup bio-fuel. While hybrid technology is not new, it is new to fuel delivery where special modifications had to be made to make it safe.  Bourne’s Energy became the first fuel company in the Northeast to use these trucks.
Bourne heard about the trucks in a trade magazine and decided to try it. In addition to better mileage on the road, it saves fuel and emissions because there is less idling.
The trucks can pump fuel for six minutes on battery power before the engine turns on to recharge the batteries.
Bourne estimates that between the two trucks he’ll save about $5,000 a year in fuel costs– not that much off the bottom line– but he says when you take into account what it does for the environment, it does add up.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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