Freightliner Hybrids Qualify for California Hybrid Voucher Incentives

Freightliner Business Class M2 and FCCC MT Hybrids, Classes 6-8, Added to Eligibility List for 2010-2012 Funding

PORTLAND, OR, - March 25, 2010 – Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) today announced its Freightliner Business Class® M2 hybrid and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) MT-55 hybrid-electric walk-in van (WIV) chassis are now eligible to receive voucher funding through the California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

FCCC MT-55 hybrid-electric chassis are eligible to receive $20,000 in vouchers toward their purchase. Freightliner Business Class M2 106 hybrid delivery and utility vehicles are eligible for up to $25,000 in voucher funding and Freightliner Business Class M2 106 hybrid tractors are eligible for up to $35,000 in voucher funding. Additionally, the first hybrid vehicle purchased is eligible for an additional $5,000 credit per customer.

All eligible Freightliner and FCCC vehicles will be equipped with EPA 2010-compliant Cummins 6.7 liter ISB engines and Eaton parallel electric hybrid systems, which enable the truck to operate using the diesel engine alone, or in combination with the hybrid electric motor. The hybrid-electric motor provides additional power to launch the truck, improving fuel economy and reducing emissions in high stop-and-go operations. Freightliner hybrid trucks equipped with electronic PTO further reduce fuel consumption by using the hybrid motor to power the PTO.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) created the HVIP to accelerate the market introduction and purchase of low-emitting hybrid trucks and buses. The voucher program is intended to reduce by at least half the incremental cost of purchasing these hybrid vehicles by fleets operating in the state of California.

Tests on the eligible hybrid trucks and buses have been shown to reduce both greenhouse gases and fuel use by 20-50 percent, depending on the vehicle and its applications. When combined with reductions from turning off the engine at work sites and at stops as well as advanced designs and low-carbon fuel use, some hybrid vehicles show even greater reductions. The ARB recognizes hybrid technology as creating an important strategic advantage for the United States. Daimler and DTNA, are currently leading the world in developing and producing these vehicles which retain jobs and create new green technology jobs for the future.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, and school bus and shuttle bus markets. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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