Lightning Hybrids showed off its hybrid system with brake regeneration technology this week at the South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting in Merrillville, IN. The Ford F-59 chassis featured a Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body.
Lightning Hybrids’ system 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 costs for fleet owners and greatly cut emissions, the company said.
The company said its system decreases emission of nitrogen oxides, the key ingredient in harmful smog, by up to 90% and enhances fuel efficiency by up to 30%. In addition, 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,” said Dave Brosky, vice president of sales, Lightning Hybrids. “We are excited to participate in the South Shore Clean Cities event and demonstrate the integral role hybrid systems will play in the quest to enhance work truck efficiency.”
South Shore Clean Cities, a nonprofit organization sponsored through a U.S. Dept. of Energy program, is focused on advancing the use of alternative fuels and clean vehicle technologies to improve air quality, develop regional economic opportunities and reduce the use of imported oil.