Lightning Hybrids logs biggest order yet

Lightning Hybrids logs biggest order yet

Massachusetts company to use hydraulic hybrid systems for transit vehicles.

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March 6, 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana – Lightning Hybrids, a Colorado developer of hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, has agreed with Kiessling Transit to supply 35 hydraulic hybrid systems. The sale marks Lightning Hybrids' largest order to date, the company announces at the NTEA Work Truck Show 2015.

Lightning's system has demonstrated improvements of 30% in fuel efficiency and significantly reduced NOx emissions during a year-long pilot program with the Massachusetts-based transportation company.

Kiessling Transit's vehicles, featuring 2015 and 2016 model year Ford E-450 chassis and Elkhart Coach bodies, will have the Lightning Hybrids parallel hybrid system installed prior to delivery this summer. The technology, which has no electric batteries, applies a hydraulic system to the driveline of a vehicle to regenerate braking energy. Hydraulic pumps and a lightweight accumulator store braking energy and use the stored energy to power the wheels.

The application of this technology will result in improved emissions, less fuel use, longer brake life, better low-end torque, and lower maintenance and operational costs.

Tim Reeser, president and co-founder, Lightning Hybrids, says, "Kiessling Transit is an innovative, early adopter and was one of the first customers to trial our technology for over a year. Their positive experience and attractive results during the pilot program lead to this substantial follow-on order. This program will demonstrate that it's possible today to make existing fleet vehicles significantly cleaner and more efficient with a high-tech, computer controlled system built on proven and sustainable hydraulic technology."

Kiessling Transit purchased a pilot vehicle equipped with the hybrid system through Lightning Hybrids' Boston-based dealer, National Fleet Hybrids, in 2013. The pilot vehicle's fuel consumption was closely monitored during the pilot program. The results, logged through Lightning Hybrids' telematics systems and confirmed through Kiessling's fuel logs, revealed a significant improvement in fuel economy and emissions. Driver feedback also confirmed vehicle performance benefits. Kiessling Transit will use the hybrid vehicles to transport primarily urban-area Massachusetts residents with disabilities. The company is based in Norfolk, Massachusetts, and currently contracts with regional transit authorities, state agencies, and local municipalities to transport passengers throughout the state.

"We are pleased with the results of the pilot program, which proved a fuel economy gain of around 30% all year, and we look forward to seeing the positive results continue on a much larger scale," says Roger Kiessling, chief operations officer, Kiessling Transit. "Our company is focused on providing the most efficient, reliable, environmentally friendly transportation to the areas we serve, and the Lightning Hybrids system supports this goal."

Source: Lightning Hybrids