“In the second generation, the hybrid truck, with its parallel hybrid system, significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions while providing easy operation on the job,” Daimler says in a statement.
The company will continue to make investments in hybrid development. In December 2010, it will open a specialized hybrid test bench within its Kitsuregawa Proving Ground, Japan.
The new facility will be capable of testing hybrid powertrains in various real-life environment and driving modes, with real-time testing possibilities such as virtually changing battery size and output on site. The facility will be a key tool to developing even cleaner and more fuel efficient hybrid vehicles in the future.
MFTBC also announced a new Head of the Global Hybrid Center (GHC), Genichiro Ishii, who has served in numerous roles in Mitsubishi Fuso Research & Development, including leading Mitsubishi Fuso’s activities in the Daimler Trucks initiative to develop a new heavy-duty engine concept for use in group vehicles worldwide.
Ishii succeeds Fumio Akikawa, who has reached retirement age, but remains as a consultant for hybrid sales strategy. “MFTBC thanks Mr. Akikawa for his strong contribution in the founding and start-up of the GHC, and looks forward to further utilizing his expertise as the hybrid business continues to grow.”