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Most people probably don't know the name PACCAR but they've surely seen Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF. Those are three of the biggest medium and heavy duty truck brands on the market . The smoky exhaust from those big diesel trucks has surely annoyed most drivers and pedestrians at some point in time. PACCAR produces trucks under those brands and others that are used around the world. The company has announced plans to meet 2010 diesel emissions requirements by adding exhaust gas recirculation (EG

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Truck maker PACCAR is the parent company of various brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF and they are working aggressively to reduce the fuel consumption of their trucks. For their medium duty trucks, which includes applications like delivery vehicles, dump trucks and trash haulers, they have set a target of thirty percent improvement in efficiency over the next seven years.

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Biglorryblog of the U.K. is starting to see that big trucks can work with hybrid drivetrains. He spotted numerous hybrid trucks at a recent European big-rig show and learned Paccar is targeting 2008 for a hybrid introduction. (Shown is a Daf truck, which is built by Paccar in partnership with Eaton.) He cites the improving battery technology as the key for trucking companies to develop hybrid powertrains. Massive weight gains have prevented truck companies from considering hybrids in the past. A

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