FedEx to test hydraulic hybrid

Parker Hannifin Corp. and FedEx Ground have announced they will test a Class 6 vehicle deploying hybrid hydraulic technology that they expect will improve fuel mileage by more than 50%, while reducing engine pollution. The new vehicle will rely on a series hybrid hydraulic drive that eliminates the conventional transmission, along with its weight and maintenance, and improves drivetrain power density,

Parker Hannifin Corp. and FedEx Ground have announced they will test a Class 6 vehicle deploying hybrid hydraulic technology that they expect will improve fuel mileage by more than 50%, while reducing engine pollution.

The new vehicle will rely on a series hybrid hydraulic drive that eliminates the conventional transmission, along with its weight and maintenance, and improves drivetrain power density, according to Joseph Kovach, Parker Hannifin's vp-technology and innovation for hydraulics. He said a working demo vehicle is projected to be available for FedEx Ground within the next year.

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