The California Air Resources Board has approved Hino Trucks' model-year 2013 195h diesel hybrid-electric Class 5 cab-over truck for the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).
Available to all fleets, the HVIP program helps defray the higher incremental cost of purchasing medium- and heavy-duty hybrids. The vouchers generally range from $8,000 to $45,000 on a first-come, first-served basis, but the program also has additional funding for qualified vehicles (the first three vehicles purchased through the program) that boosts voucher levels up to $65,000 per vehicle.
‘The hybrid up-charge on our 195h is only $12,000,’ says Glenn Ellis, vice president of marketing for Hino Trucks. The voucher on a 195h can be up to $25,000, which would enable a fleet operator to buy a Hino hybrid for less than what it costs to acquire a traditional diesel-powered truck.
The 195h features Hino's 5.0-liter in-line four-cylinder J05E-TP engine (210 hp/440 lb.-ft. torque), which works in tandem with a 36 kW electric traction motor and regenerative braking technology to maximize vehicle performance and fuel efficiency – up to 20%+ improved fuel economy.