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Daimler and its Japanese affiliate Mitsubishi Fuso have opened a new global hybrid truck development center in Kawasaki, Japan. The center will be the world wide center for developing hybrid systems for commercial vehicles. Engineering teams at various regional centers around the world will coordinate their efforts through the new center. Mr. Fumio Akikawa, who is currently Director of Powertrain Development for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, will head up the hybrid center. Mitsubish

Take a look at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation's (MFTBC) new concept for the future of light-duty dump trucks. This concept vehicle sports a hybrid diesel and electric drivetrain in a parallel configuration, meaning that both the 3.0 liter diesel engine, the 35 kW electric motor or a combination of the two can power the vehicle at any time. Expect the electric motor to shoulder the load at low speeds. One innovative feature of this concept is that the electric motor, not the diesel eng