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DuraStar hybrid targets food distributors

Navistar is continuing its commitment to innovation and development of environmentally responsible vehicles with the expansion of its line of diesel electric hybrid trucks.

The company recently unveiled an additional hybrid truck configuration — the International DuraStar Hybrid tractor — that targets food/beverage distributors and general freight haulers. This diesel electric hybrid Class 7 tractor can provide fuel savings from 20-25 percent on standard in-city pick-up and delivery applications.

The International DuraStar Hybrid also reduces the amount of emissions released into the air. Overall, the DuraStar Hybrid emits up to 33 percent less hydrocarbon emissions and 35 percent less nitrogen oxide emissions versus standard diesel trucks.

International DuraStar Hybrid trucks employ a parallel-type, diesel-electric hybrid architecture supplied by Eaton Corporation. It incorporates an electric motor/generator between the output of an automated clutch and input of the automated manual transmission. The hybrid-electric system recovers energy during braking, and can add power back into the driveline during start and acceleration. This capability makes the truck more efficient in standard driving, particularly in city and stop-and-go driving.

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