Eaton Corp. captured the Blue Sky Award, presented by Calstart, for being the world's first to develop hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic systems for medium and heavy commercial vehicles.

Calstart announced the winners of its awards for 2008, recognizing the contributions to clean air and energy efficiency by companies, organizations and individuals in the transportation industry. The winners were honored at a ceremony and luncheon this month.

“This year's Blue Sky Award winners represent the best in our expanding industry: taking real actions with real products to improve quality, combat global warming, ensure our energy security and create sustainable jobs,” said Calstart president and CEO John Boesel.

Other award winners include Business Region Göteborg, which won the Charles R. Imbrecht Blue Sky Innovation Award for using biomethane as a renewable fuel in Sweden; Southern Counties Express won a Blue Sky Merit Award for buying and operating liquefied natural gas port trucks; Union Pacific Railroad Co. won a Blue Sky Merit Award for the development and deployment of over 150 low emission locomotives; and ZipCar won a Blue Sky Merit Award for its car-sharing program.

“We are pleased to receive this distinguished honor from Calstart,” said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and CEO. “Eaton customers worldwide are achieving improved efficiencies and important emissions and fuel consumption savings with our hybrid power systems. We see significant opportunities for further application of both hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic solutions, and we will continue to work with our partners to expand the use of these technologies.”