This is the Truck That Peterbilt

August 15, 2008 at 8:42 am 2 comments

After reporting the efforts of French wine makers to reduce the carbon emissions produced by conventional shipping methods, an American company has announced their efforts with a California based wine shipper to do likewise.

Earlier this week, Peterbilt announced that it has delivered its first medium duty hybrid truck to VinLux Fine Wine Transport. The delivery corresponded with the kick-off of the Peterbilt Medium Duty Hybrid Demonstration Tour. The tour is designed to give current and future customers across the U.S. and in Canada a chance to try out a Class 7 Model 330 or 335.

VinLux received the vehicle at a Hybrid Vehicle Ride and Drive event in Napa, California which was hosted by Peterbilt. The premium wine delivery service currently operates a fleet of 35 temperature-controlled delivery trucks and transports over 700 orders a day. Taking current fuel prices into consideration, VinLux expects a return on their hybrid truck investments in as little as two years.

“Our Medium Duty Hybrid Vehicles have proven to not only provide a 30 – 50 percent increase in fuel efficiency”, states Bill Jackson, Peterbilt General Manager, ” but also dramatically reduce tailpipe emissions of hydrocarbon (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx).”

If you are interested in learning more, you can contact your local dealer to find out when they’ll be in your area.

Editor’s note: The wine industry seems to be making all the right choices when it comes to changing their business practices to help the environment. Is it because they have more expendable cash to afford the changes or are they doing it because their business is directly connected to the Earth’s survival?

By briansrapier

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