For a while now, manufacturers have been talking about
hybrid personal vehicles that use electricity and other power sources in
addition to gasoline or diesel.
That technology is now crossing over into truck markets,
according to the Volvo Group.
Volvo unveiled a new construction truck on Wednesday, Jan.
10, that has a hybrid driveline. The U.S. Air Force helped develop the
driveline, produced under a Mack subsidiary, Mack Granite, according to a press
Mack and Volvo brand trucks are manufactured under the Volvo
Volvo's I-SAM - which stands for Integrated Starter
Alternator Motor - saves up to 35 percent in fuel, depending on driving
conditions and applications, according to the company.
Trucks with the I-SAM driveline are scheduled to go into
production in 2009. The driveline is compatible with the Mack MP7 engine and
automated manual transmission, and works by storing electrical energy recovered
As the technology continues to develop, heavy construction
equipment could save up to 50 percent on fuel, Volvo reported.