NEW YORK - The New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) displayed Hino Truck's light-duty diesel hybrid cab-over (COE) for the first time in the U.S. on May 20 at the 22nd Annual Vehicle and Equipment Show, hosted by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation.

As part of its initiative to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, DSNY has elected to run a Hino diesel hybrid COE for parts delivery. The Hino diesel hybrid COE has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 lbs. and a 16-foot van body.

"The Hino hybrid has been running a dedicated route supplying our service centers and has been performing very well," said Rocco DiRico, deputy commissioner of Support Services for DSNY. "The fuel economy advantages and reduced CO2 output provided by the Hino hybrid truck support our environmental initiative," he added.

Hino expects to offer its next-generation hybrid Class 4 and 5 COE trucks in the U.S. in the near future. With its first hybrid truck built back in 1993, Hino has already produced more than 9,800 hybrid vehicles and expects to hit a milestone 10,000th hybrid vehicle by the end of 2010.

DSNY operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,040 rear-loading collection trucks and 450 mechanical brooms. The department clears litter, snow, and ice from approximately 6,000 City street miles, and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet