Daimler Trucks produces 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has marked the production of its 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle with a celebration at its Mt. Holly, North Carolina, plant. The 1,000th vehicle – a Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck – is manufactured at the Mt. Holly location.

The Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid features the same benefits of the Freightliner Business Class M2, such as improved visibility and maneuverability, with the added efficiency and environment-friendly features of hybrid power. The Business Class M2 106 Hybrid also can be easily configured for a wide variety of bodies for different applications, such as dump, government, landscape, towing, utility vehicles, and emergency.

All of DTNA’s hybrid products are equipped with EPA 2010-compliant engines using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the Eaton Hybrid Electric Drivetrain System, a parallel hybrid system that enables the truck to operate using the diesel engine alone, or in combination with the hybrid electric motor. The hybrid-electric motor provides power to launch and accelerate the truck, improving fuel economy and reducing emissions in stop-and-go operations, and the electric power comes from regenerative braking while the vehicle is slowing down. Further, DTNA hybrid’s can be equipped with electronic PTO and/or 110-volt power generation capabilities to power hydraulics, lights, tools, or other equipment for jobsite applications.