Once a week, the municipal waste collection system makes my alarm clock entirely redundant. The squealing of the brakes alternates with the roar of acceleration, ensuring that I won't sleep late that morning. For awhile, I've been wondering why hybrid technologies aren't finding their way into those garbage trucks. Even if regenerative braking didn't cut down on the noise, at least I would be woken up by the "glorious sound of energy efficiency in the morning". Bit by bit, that hoped-for day is approaching.
The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded Volvo $1.4 million to develop hybrid refuse collection trucks based on a system that Volvo had already developed for the US Air Force. Green Car Congress has discussed the I-SAM hybrid system a couple times. The I-SAM "supports regenerative braking; electric launch and assist; electrification of power steering, air compressor and air conditioning; idle avoidance ..."
Over all, "the goal of the project is to achieve fuel savings of up to 30%."
And, well, perhaps to let me sleep longer one day a week?
Is that too much to ask?Via Green Car Congress
-Volvo's Heavy Duty Hybrids-
written by crash course, August 13, 2007
written by Strange-but-True, August 13, 2007
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