Freightliner Trucks announced its new Business Class M2e Hybrid will be available this month for commercial application rentals at International Leasing Co., Inc., based in Seattle and Kent, Wash.
The Business Class M2e Hybrid was purchased for International Leasing Co.'s rental fleet, which is spec'd for a wide range of uses.
"Choosing the Freightliner Business Class M2e gives International Leasing Co. Inc., the opportunity to give our customers what they have asked for: best in class visibility, maneuverability and a diesel-electric hybrid power train that will drastically cut emissions while lowering fuel consumption by approximately 40 percent," said Todd Daniels, fleet manager for International Leasing. "It is everything our customers have requested in one package."
The Class 6 truck features the Eaton medium-duty hybrid electric system and is a powerful performer built specifically to address the challenges of hauling loads in an urban setting.
"International Leasing has been a long-term customer of ours, and we are pleased to be working with them to offer this new technology to their customers," said Melissa Kellogg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. "The Business Class M2e Hybrid was built specifically to allow our customers to cut emissions and reduce fuel consumption."
Freightliner's hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), which features a diesel engine coupled with an electric motor/generator and batteries, works in line with the engine and transmission enabling operation with electric or diesel power either separately or together.
An added benefit of reducing idling time and subsequent lower emissions is that the Business Class M2e Hybrid produces less noise, allowing for quieter loading and unloading in urban settings.
The Business Class M2e Hybrid is available for rental at both International Leasing Co. locations.