Published: Aug 26, 2010 7:10 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 4:10 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Public Works Department is pleased to announce the arrival of its first hybrid hydraulic powered vehicle. The truck is a Peterbilt Model 320 equipped with Eaton Corporation’s hydraulic launch assist system (HLA).

This is the first hybrid hydraulic recycling truck in the State of Florida. The vehicle was purchased through a grant provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the use of City funds. This vehicle is designed to provide up to 30% improvement in fuel economy, 30-40% reduction in emissions, and more than a 50% reduction in brake wear when operating in fuel economy mode.

The truck will be used daily to collect residential and commercial recycling operations throughout the City. This makes the recycling truck more environmentally friendly by decreasing emissions and reduces noise, as well.