No automaker has yet to release a diesel hybrid powertrain in a vehicle sold in the U.S., but that may soon change thanks to Hino Trucks. The company revealed class 4 and 5 diesel hybrid cab over engine trucks at The Work Truck Show held in Indianapolis.
All of the new trucks are powered by 5.0-liter engine making 210 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
"The new cab over line-up is an exciting addition to the Hino Trucks brand as we strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive offering for their trucking needs," said Sumio Fukaya, President and CEO of Hino Trucks. "With the introduction of this new truck, Hino Trucks is making the diesel-electric hybrid a viable option in the U.S. commercial truck industry for the first time."
What we don't know just yet is cost. Nevertheless, we can tell you that the class 4 155h will carry a 14,500-pound GVW rating. The diesel hybrid in the class 5 segment, the 195h, will carry a 19,500-pound GVW rating.
Hino claims that the diesel hybrid truck was developed specifically with the U.S. market in mind. Starting in December of this year, the hybrid trucks will be available in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and California.
Source: Hino Trucks