Denver fleet adds four Freightliner hybrids

The Denver (CO) Fleet Management Division, which maintains more than 1,900 vehicles and pieces of equipment for the city, recently added four Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid trucks when older units came due for replacement. These aerial bucket trucks will be used for forestry, traffic signal, and traffic sign repair.

“The Freightliner trucks mark our entry into medium-duty hybrid use, and are a welcome addition to our fleet,” said Ernie Ivy, fleet director, City and County of Denver.

The Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid features the Eaton Hybrid Electric parallel Drivetrain System that enables the truck to operate using the diesel engine alone, or in combination with the hybrid electric motor.

Denver is receiving grants for the hybrid purchases and should recoup its outlay for the hybrid technology in five to seven years through increased fuel economy and lowered maintenance expenses.

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