The International WorkStar Hybrid 4x4 is the industry’s first four-wheel drive diesel-electric hybrid commercial truck.
The WorkStar Hybrid 4x4 can provide dramatic fuel savings of nearly 60% in utility-type applications when the engine often can be shut off, but electric power still operates the vehicle. Beyond the fuel savings potential, the WorkStar Hybrid 4x4 produces zero emissions when auxiliary equipment (like an overhead utility bucket) operates solely on the truck’s hybrid battery power. The four-wheel drive capability of the truck is ideal for customers like utility companies, who need a truck to operate in off-highway conditions but are also looking to save energy and project a green image.
The company said:
"With the new International WorkStar Hybrid 4x4 in our lineup, we continue to lead the way in providing energy-saving, environmentally friendly solutions for our customers."
Similar to other hybrid truck applications, the WorkStar Hybrid 4x4 uses an Eaton-developed mild parallel-type, diesel-electric hybrid architecture that captures energy normally lost during braking and stores it in batteries for later use. These hybrid trucks are capable of delivering fuel savings of nearly 60% in utility-type applications, where the engine is shut off, but electric power is still operating the vehicle. Four-wheel drive would be most beneficial to customers who need a truck for off-highway conditions, which may include the likes of utility companies.