WASHINGTON - Peterbilt Motors Company delivered a Peterbilt Model 330 hybrid electric truck to the U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 23, the House's first hybrid electric vehicle.
"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 environmentally-friendly truck is slated to carry thousands of lbs. of furniture and office equipment on the Capitol Campus and throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area, according to Beard. The Hybrid Peterbilt Model 330 was selected because it not only provides up to a 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency, but also dramatically reduces tailpipe emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and oxides of nitrogen (NOx).
"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.
The Model 330 hybrid utilizes components that provide up to a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy in a stop-and-go urban driving cycle, and can be configured for non-CDL drivers, according to the manufacturer.