Hybrid hydraulic package cars

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Jackburton, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Yes, I'm driving one. Yes, they are better IMHO than the electric. I'm pretty jazzed about them as I can deffinately see a major gas savings already. I don't want to say to much as these aren't in production mode yet but I can say I think this is the best attempt at a fuel/environmental package car to date that I've seen. I have actually had people comment on how quiet they are and get head turns from people with thier windows down. One guy actually thought I was stalled out at a light today. Cool things coming down the line.
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  2. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    wonder just what type of hydraulic fluid is used. Again, keep us posted. I am very interested. It is a gas engine?
     
  3. EasyTrucker

    EasyTrucker Active Member

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    They have been running a ton of these out of our hub in the past year.
     
  4. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    That's interesting considering the engineer said they are all hand made parts and we're the first hub he's trained mechanics and drivers in.
     
  5. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    Bout how many miles can u get in one if these and what happens if u run outta fuel.
     
  6. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    It uses a diesel engine, as the fuel cap indicates on the side of the vehicle to the public. This technology is currently used in garbage trucks around the country.
     
  7. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    They have diesel engines and are in service in Atlanta and Baltimore. The engine drives a pump that stores fluid at high pressure to drive the rear wheels instead of a conventional type transmission. The stop and go driving we do is excellent for this technology because slowing down and braking helps to recharge the system, if I am remembering right.
     
  8. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    Spot on.
     
  9. rebeller

    rebeller Time to deliver

  10. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    "UPS trucks go from one stop to the next, often in urban traffic, and are rarely used on the highway. They're also often left on as drivers make pickups and deliveries."

    LOL, I think they're thinking about Fred-Ex.
     
  11. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    LOL ! That jumped up at me too.
     
  12. EasyTrucker

    EasyTrucker Active Member

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    So that would tell you I work in one of those two areas.......interesting.
     
  13. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    How does the heater work? I ask this because if the engine isn't running how will the cab stay warm and the windows defrosted?
     
  14. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    It never gets cold in Clarksville.
     
  15. oldupsman

    oldupsman Well-Known Member

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    Exactly. All this stuff works great in warm weather climates. See how it works in a Michigan or New England winter
     
  16. Nimnim

    Nimnim The Nim

    Actually, in the warmer climates they like to use fans, which would have to be pulled since it could drain the battery while the engine isn't running.

    Which makes me wonder if there could be issues with the lights draining when it's dark.

    The article linked mentioned radios are the issue it's not in the consumer market because of battery drain, I'm sure the fan could be an adequate substitute to the reason in the hot areas.
     
  17. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Webasto makes diesel fired heaters for vehicles like the Sprinter for warming the engine
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2013
  18. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    Not sure since it's been in the 70's to 80's here.
     
  19. serenity now

    serenity now Guest

    Re: Hybrid hydrolic package cars

    no engineer by a long shot, but a hydraulic drive system (pumps and motors) will develop plenty of excess heat, which could be captured and used to heat a cab
     
  20. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Couple things, when the hydraulic charge is in use, the heater definitely gets colder than when the engine is running. When it kicks back on you can feel the heat come back, not sure how this would play in the winter. Another thing they are working on is the miles aren't reporting when the hydraulic charge is in use, so I'm short about 20 miles a day. They say they are working on a fix atm though.