Lightning Hybrids launching hydraulic-hybrid step van

Lightning Hybrids launching hydraulic-hybrid step van

System uses Ford chassis, Morgan Olson Route Star body.

February 17, 2015

Loveland, Colorado – Lightning Hybrids, developer and manufacturer of hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, will introduce its first regenerative brake application on a walk-in box truck.

Lightning Hybrids' system on the vehicle, featuring a Ford F59 chassis and Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body, enhance fuel efficiency while significantly reducing emissions.

To achieve reduced emissions and fuel economy gains, Lightning Hybrids applies a hydraulic system to the driveline of a vehicle to regenerate braking energy, which is stored and used for the next acceleration. The system, which does not have electric batteries, uses this otherwise wasted energy for acceleration, supplementing power from the internal combustion engine to reduce fuel use.

The company's system decreases emission of nitrogen oxides, the key ingredient in harmful smog, by up to 90% and enhances fuel efficiency by up to 30%. Additionally, the hybrid system dramatically lengthens brake life and the increased low-end torque improves acceleration.

"Lightning Hybrids is providing the heavy-duty marketplace with the hybrid technology needed to transform fleets to more environmentally friendly operations, while reducing operating costs associated with fuel and maintenance," says Dave Brosky, vice president of sales, Lightning Hybrids.

Lightning Hybrids partnered with Morgan Olson, a customizer of walk-in vans, to incorporate its hybrid system into the Ford F59 chassis.

Source: Lightning Hybrids