Autocar’s newest model remains the E3 Advanced Series hybrid cab/chassis truck. This model is aimed specifically at the refuse-hauling market. The OEM positions the E3 cab/chassis as “the industry’s lowest emission, fully functional Class 8 truck available today.” According to Autocar, the truck’s hybrid drive is capable of reducing fuel consumption by 30 to 50%, with typical savings coming in at around 45%. The company says that such a fuel-economy gain translates into a savings of up to 4,500 gals. per year in the average refuse-truck application.
In addition, the OEM notes, those fuel savings come along with an environmental benefit as the hybrid drive reduces carbon-dioxide output by some 50 tons per truck. The E3 makes use of the trademarked Runwise hybrid module, which was developed for Autocar by partner-supplier Parker Hannifin. The Runwise module replaces the traditional automatic transmission in the standard refuse model, Autocar notes.
The truck maker also continues to offer the Autocar ACX. According to the OEM, the ACX boasts the “strongest frame and cab in the industry and the best overall strength-to-weight ratio” as well as diesel and www.autocartruck.compowertrain options.