Arizona’s First Commercial Hybrid Diesel/Electric Truck at the Community Food Bank

The Community Food Bank added Arizona’s first commercial hybrid diesel/electric truck to their fleet in January 2009

The Peterbilt truck uses a hybrid-electric power system for improved fuel economy. The system stores energy during stopping through a process called regenerative braking, and then reuses it for acceleration. This configuration is ideal for stop-and-go operations, such as urban pickup and delivery. The vehicle has proven to not only provide a 30-50% increase in fuel efficiency, but also reduces tailpipe emissions and noise.

The new 2009 Peterbilt Hybrid Electric (HE) twenty-foot refrigerated truck enabled the food bank to add 13 retail locations to its food donation pickup route, greatly increasing its ability to meet the growing need for food assistance in the Tucson community. The Community Food Bank was able to purchase the hybrid truck with a $100,000 grant from The Lincy Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.

"We're committed to protecting the Southern Arizona environment and hybrid technology is a perfect solution for the Community Food Bank," said Bill Carnegie, president and CEO. 

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