Building a business case for alternative powertrains in on-highway Class 8 commercial vehicles is a complex task. Along with potential fuel saving benefits, the return on investment equation must also take into consideration total cost of ownership, productivity, safety and cargo capacity, among other factors. A Class 8 development activity is taking place at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF). The group, operated by CALSTART in partnership with the US Army National Automotive Center and supported by the US Department of Energy, focuses in part on helping fleets identify hybrid requirements, test technologies and make purchases of production vehicles. While development of Class 8 hybrids continues, increasing adoption of medium-duty hybrid trucks is taking in different market segments. Recent reports from several HTUF working groups also point out the trend toward increased hybrid use in medium-duty applications.
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