Eaton hybrids achieve 30 million miles worldwide05 March 2010

Transmissions giant Eaton says that its commercial vehicle users have collectively driven more than 30 million miles throughout the world on its hybrid systems.

Dimitri Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager of Eaton's Hybrid Power Systems Division, says that there are now more than 2,400 Eaton hybrid systems in use today on delivery trucks, buses, refuse and utility vehicles.

"Eaton hybrid commercial vehicles are true work horses that are helping our customers … reduce their fuel consumption and level of pollutants," says Kazarinoff.

"This milestone has taken 10 years to achieve but, as the technology becomes even more mainstream and the benefits better understood, we are confident that we can reach the next 30 million miles in a fraction of the time."

FedEx alone, which operates the largest fleet of commercial hybrid parcel delivery trucks in the United States, accounts for more than five million miles on its Eaton-powered hybrid trucks and vans.

"Together we are demonstrating that hybrids are very reliable at reducing fuel consumption and emissions," says John Formisano, vice president, global vehicles, for FedEx Express. "Since 2004, we have reduced our fuel use by nearly 200,000 gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2,000 metric tonnes. This is the equivalent of removing more than 300 cars from the road annually."

Brian Tinham

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