Eaton Uses Texas Grant For Environmentally Friendly Trucks

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation will debut its hybrid regenerative braking system on 12 new green refuse trucks in 2007 with the help of a State of Texas grant worth nearly $700,000.

The Texas government’s New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant will move Eaton’s Hydraulic Launch Assist hybrid regenerative braking system toward commercialization. Under the grant, Texas refuse companies that purchase a new truck chassis and refuse body can hybridize the vehicle at no cost, thus providing end users the opportunity to utilize the HLA system.

“This is a win-win; it cuts greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs,” said Dr. Rudy Smaling, NTRD program director. “The projected reductions in nitrous oxide emissions from the use of this technology are significant and especially welcome for the challenging applications targeted in this project. Estimated fuel savings from the cost-effective HLA system also make this an attractive solution for end users."

“Eaton is truly a leader in developing hybrid technology and is doing an excellent job reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Smaling said.

Sohan Uppal, vice president, Technology, Eaton’s Fluid Power Group said, “The Houston Advanced Research Center is partnering with the industry to speed the development and introduction of emission-reducing technologies. We applaud their forward-looking approach to improving air quality and are grateful for their support on this project."

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