Peterbilt Motors Company delivered a Peterbilt Model 330 hybrid electric truck to the United States House of Representatives on September 23, the legislative body’s first hybrid vehicle ever.
“It makes sense, both for the environment and for the bottom line, to replace our aging vehicle fleet with low-emissions trucks,” said Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Beard, in a statement. “It means that the House will be driving into the future leaner and greener.”
The new, greener truck is currently being used to carry thousands of pounds of office furniture and other equipment on the Capitol Campus and throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. The Model 330 was chosen by the House because it provides a 30% increase in fuel efficiency while also reducing tailpipe emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and oxides of nitrogen.
“The House of Representatives made a very wise decision in selecting a Peterbilt truck to add to their fleet, and I am proud to represent Peterbilt in Texas’ 26th Congressional District,” said Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26). “Peterbilt is honored to have been chosen by the House of Representatives to supply their first hybrid electric vehicle,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.
According to the manufacturer, the model 330 can also be configured for non-CDL drivers, so perhaps we will see more of these efficient carrier vehicles making their way into fleets everywhere.
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