New hybrid semi-trucks unveiled in N. Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Hyliion showed off its new technology Thursday that’s helping make fuel delivery more carbon neutral.
The new system, debuted at the Christensen Fuel Facility, uses a battery and captures energy from the semi-truck to help natural gas-powered trucks have more power when climbing hills.
“The eAxle captures energy from regenative braking and stores it in the battery pack. Then anytime you’re going up a hill, the battery pack transfers that energy back to the eAxle. The eAxle kicks on and provides an extra boost of up to 120 horse power,” said James Laurine, National Sales Manager at Hyliion.
The system can also be installed on diesel trucks, which help the trucks use less fuel when the battery system kicks in. Hyliion said the hybrid trucks could potentially haul heavier loads and go up steeper graded hills.
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