Just days ago, Los Alamos County took delivery of New Mexico's first hydraulic hybrid refuse truck. Like the four hydraulic hybrid recycling vehicles that recently started work on the streets of Ann Arbor, MI, the Los Alamos refuse truck is powered by Eaton Corporation's hydraulic launch assist system (HLA). The refuse truck, a Peterbilt Model 320 equipped with the HLA system and a Wayne Curbtender side loader, will be used for residential garbage pickup and is designed to withstand the rigorous collection routes that require up to 1,200 stops per day.

The hydraulic launch assist (HLA) system utilizes a pair of accumulators to store energy captured while braking and releases it during acceleration. The Model 320 with Eaton's HLA is said to save more than 1,000 gallons of fuel per year while also reducing emissions by 20 percent and extending brake life by 300 percent compared to its conventional (non-hybrid) counterparts. This lone refuse truck is expected to save Los Alamos County $18,250 in fuel costs over its 10 year useful life. Hit the jump for more info on New Mexico's first hydraulic hybrid garbage truck.

[Source: Los Alamos County]


New Hybrid Refuse Truck Arrives

Los Alamos County will soon be taking delivery of the first hydraulic hybrid refuse truck in the State of New Mexico. The truck is a Peterbilt Model 320 equipped with Eaton's hydraulic launch assist™ system (HLA®) and a Wayne Curbtender residential automated side loader. The truck will be used in daily residential refuse pick up operations and is the latest initiative by the County toward meeting its goals for Environmental Sustainability. It will arrive on Monday, August 16th in Los Alamos.

According to information from the manufacturers, the new Model 320 Hybrid with Eaton HLA® can save more than 1,000 gallons of fuel per year, reduce emissions by up to 20% and can extend brake life by up to 300%. The HLA® System captures the trucks' kinetic energy during braking to assist in launching and accelerating the vehicle. The technology works by recovering up to 75% of the energy normally lost as heat by the vehicle's brakes in the form of pressurized hydraulic fluid. The HLA® technology has been tested on refuse vehicles in Fort Worth, Texas and Denver, Colorado and is ideally suited for the "stop and go" applications of daily residential refuse pickup.

"We are pleased to be the first community to operate a hybrid refuse truck in New Mexico," County Council Chairman Mike Wismer said today. "With this new technology, we will not only improve the efficiency of our residential refuse collection, but also help reduce emissions to protect the environment for our residents."

A two-day intensive training and certification class will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos on August 16 and 17, in conjunction with the truck's delivery. The training seminar will be beneficial to the local economy, as it will bring dozens of technicians and drivers from around the state to Los Alamos. Other communities in New Mexico are traveling to Los Alamos to either be trained or to inspect the new truck, as they may be considering the technology for use in their own communities. Training will cover product features and benefits, service and maintenance procedures, as well as driver operation. The training session will allow attendees to be hands on with the systems on the truck, along with the opportunity to ride or drive the vehicle. Representatives from virtually every manufacturer that provides systems or components on the truck – Peterbilt Motors Company, Rush Truck Centers, Eaton Corporation, Allison Transmissions, Cummins Engine Company, Wayne Engineering, Scranton Manufacturing/New Way and Clark Truck Equipment -- will also be staying in Los Alamos for these two days.

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees also plan to attend the training sessions next week. They will take delivery on a new Peterbilt Model 320 hydraulic hybrid, equipped with a New Way Mammoth 40 front loader, in September, 2010.

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