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» Mexican Bakery Buys First Hybrid Truck In Mexico
Grupo Bimbo, a Mexican bakery company, took delivery of the first medium duty hybrid truck in Mexico, a Kenworth T270.

The diesel-electric hybrid truck reduces fuel consumption by 30 percent, carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent and carbon monoxide by 90 percent. The hybrid is equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine.

The vehicle also features an Eaton diesel-electric hybrid power system that integrates an electric engine with 60 hp, enough to start moving the unit without using the diesel engine.

Furthermore, it assists the diesel engine when more torque and power is required by the unit for acceleration. The engine works with a 340-volt battery that recharges every time the unit brakes to reduce speed.

This unit is part of the delivery fleet within the Mexico City metropolitan area which, by the way, has the highest traffic and is the most polluted area in the city.

This is the first delivery of various hybrid trucks that Kenworth is planning to release this year. The next step is to manufacture hybrid vehicles in PACCAR Mexico’s plant in Mexicali.

» Martin-Brower Joins EPA SmartWay Partnership
The Martin-Brower Co. LLC. has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.

The Rosemont, IL-based company is committed to contributing to the Partnership’s goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of its freight operations.

Martin-Brower has made changes across its operations to help reduce its impact on the environment, including using alternate fuel sources such as AME bio-diesel, sulfur-free and blended diesel, piloting new hybrid tractors that burn both bio-diesel and conventional fuel and using the latest dynamic route optimization technology to consolidate deliveries as well as utilizing more extended-length trailers.

In fact, while the company continued to grow in 2008 its use of fuel was reduced through these comprehensive green efforts, resulting in a 3 percent reduction in fuel consumption—or 73,000 gallons less used in 2008 vs. 2007.

“At Martin-Brower, our commitment to achieving unmatched value for our customers is matched only by our passion to enrich our community through good corporate citizenship. We have never been a company to waste anything and have always aimed to work in an efficient manner. Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership is a natural evolution of our commitment to innovation and sustainable practices,” says Greg Nickele, Martin-Brower president and CEO.

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