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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: GE’s Mega Hybrids
If you are in the market for a mine haul truck, you may want to consider getting a hybrid model. They are not on sale yet, but GE is working hard to ensure that your next purchase of an off-highway hauling vehicle is as energy efficient as possible. Setting a new precedent, GE’s hybrid has been fitted with a 600hp battery pack and a system that captures its braking energy. It’s a mean, big, hybrid hauling machine!
Of course, we can’t help note the irony of trying to turn a coal mine truck “green.” Saving a bit of fuel in an effort to move more coal is not an eco-friendly endeavor in the big picture. However, the technology behind it is impressive and there are sure to be a number of applications where it can be used for the greater good.
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