Getting it done: Hybrid Utility Vehicles

The original financing for developing a hybrid truck that would enable utility vehicles to stay on while powering equipment but not idle.

The trucks save money, reduce fuel costs, and will be able to meet stricter city idling laws which are cropping up in cities in like New York. 

  1. EPRI (Electric Power Research) gets the ball rolling with $2.5 million, and Eaton comes in with $5.5 million.
  2. Purchasers, such as Duke Energy and ConEdison, chip in $32.5 million.
  3. California adds $5 million form their ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds.
  4. DOE, the Department of Energy, tops it off with $45.5 grant.  The ten year span, from 1999 to 2009 is a testament to the patience and vision of the initiators.