Monday, April 10, 2006

Hybrid Garbage Trucks

Hybrid garbage trucks are coming. This is one of those types of vehicles that I think needs major overhauls to. According to this article garbage trucks average 2.8 mpg, and there are 136,000 refuse trucks on the road each day. That's a lot of wasted gas. Sure there's a lot more cars out there but at least the cars are getting somewhat decent gas mileage. Plus the inneficient garbage trucks are what help raise our taxes and fees in cities to pay for these. Diesel vehicles are high polluting vehicles, and these poor gas mileage vehicles are out there adding a lot of smog to the big cities as well. I think a hybrid in this industry is extremely welcome. I also think that these should be the types of vehicles being targeted for fuel cells first along with the buses.