One of the most popular hybrid searches is for hybrid trucks and suvs, as people eagerly await announcements of new hybrid electric, diesel, and flex fuel pickups, as well as hybrid commercial trucks, semis, freight trucks, and more. In 2008, hybrid trucks were only a dream of the future (similar to the vision we had for sport trucks just twenty years ago), but today buyers have several options. In the past there were some mild versions of hybrid pickups from Chevy and GMC, but they have been discontinued. GM now offers the Silverado and Sierra with their more advanced, two-mode hybrid system. In addition, we are hearing announcements from Peterbilt about their plans to roll out several heavy duty hybrids, including a hybrid semi truck (read more here). For pickup and commercial truck consumers, the best is yet to come.
And while hybrid pickup trucks from Toyota, Dodge, and other truck manufacturers are already rumored, it’s top companies like Freightliner, Kenworth, International Truck and Engine, and Eaton that are getting much of the deserved attention. Eaton’s medium duty, diesel-electric hybrid drive system began production in 2008, and trucks equipped with this hybrid technology get up to 60 percent better fuel economy, reduced emissions, and reduced noise levels. In addition, idling time is reduced by more than 70%. Hybrid trucks are here and they are soon to make even more “quiet” noise. Learn more about other future hybrid cars here.