Lightning Hybrids, a developer of hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, has showcased the application of its first hybrid system on a walk-in box truck.
The vehicle, featuring a Ford F-59 chassis and Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body, debuted at the South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting in Merrillville, Ind.
As Lightning Hybrids explains, the company applies its hydraulic system to the driveline of a vehicle to regenerate braking energy, which is stored without batteries and used for the next acceleration.
‘Lightning Hybrids is providing the heavy-duty marketplace with the hybrid technology needed to transform fleets to more environmentally friendly operations, while reducing operating costs associated with fuel and maintenance,’ says Dave Brosky, the company's vice president of sales.
Lightning Hybrids teamed up with Morgan Olson to incorporate its hydraulic hybrid system into the Ford F-59 chassis, and the partners recently delivered a hybrid Ford F-59 to Minnesota-based AmeriPride Services Inc.