Leyland hybrid truck takes centre stage at British CV Museum15 May 2014

Leyland Trucks has donated a diesel-electric hybrid truck to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, following its use by the manufacturer in a development programme for hybrid technology.

The truck is based on a standard 7.5-tonne DAF LF model and uses a 4.5-litre diesel engine with an electric motor/generator to maximise fuel savings. The vehicle recaptures energy when braking to charge the hybrid batteries.

It has a six-speed automated transmission, with a 44 kW electric engine/generator and 96 li-ion battery cells, each with an output of 3.4 volts.

The vehicle was handed over by Leyland Trucks' managing director Ron Augustyn (right) to John Gilchrist, chairman of the board of trustees of the museum.

"We are very pleased to be able to continue our ongoing support of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum by donating this Leyland-built hybrid truck," says Augustyn. "Its presence as a centrepiece of the museum will demonstrate to visitors - and in particular to the many young people who come on school trips - just how active Leyland Trucks is in the development of trucks that are more fuel efficient and more environmentally acceptable."

"What we do here isn't just about the past," adds Gilchrist. "This is a living museum in which we also put on show products and technologies that are in use today, along with those of the future."

"Putting this vehicle on display will allow us to give the thousands of visitors who come to the museum each year a glimpse into one potential future technology."

The British CV Museum is located in Leyland, Lancashire. For details, click on the link below.

Laura Cork

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