TORONTO -- A Pasadena, Calif.-based environmental group is scouting fleets, including Canadian operations, to test hybrid technology on heavy trucks in real-world environments.
WestStart-CALSTART is a non-profit organization that "works with the public and private sectors to develop advanced transportation technologies and foster companies that will help clean the air."
According to a notice by the Ontario Trucking Association, WestStart WestStart is seeking fleets interested in helping to get hybrid technology into the market for Class 8 tractors.
The WestStart-CALSTART Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) is starting up new working groups for both line-haul and regional carriers, including drayage operation.
The groups will be based on the successful model of earlier working groups, particularly the Hybrid Utility Truck Working Group, which deployed 24 hybrid bucket trucks into 14 fleets, leading to a subsequent order of 100 vehicles. WestStart is working with the EPA SmartWay program to identify how this technology can be implemented along with other SmartWay technologies to provide fleets with the greatest fuel economy benefit.
Carriers interested in taking part can contact Richard Parish by email at: email@example.com or by phone at: 303-825-7550, ext. 2
By Today's Trucking