Vacuum_Truck_SaleCompanies who want to demonstrate their commitment as an industry-leading environmental steward should invest in hybrid utility equipment. Purchasing high-tech “green” equipment is a very big step for business owners or managers. Vehicles with hybrid technology are available at a vacuum truck sale; however, they require a large capital investment due to their high cost. Since hybrid equipment is becoming more common, this is the right time for to consider such an investment. For those who want to consider the use of these technologically advanced “green” vehicles, it is a great way to share in helping to improve the environment while saving money at the same time.

Choosing Hybrid

More and more industries in the United States are beginning to use hybrid trucks. The combination of the conventional diesel engine with a battery operated system can provide better fuel economy by as much as fifty percent in comparison to the regular vehicles that run with conventional diesel engines. This can be a great benefit for most companies, especially considering the record high gas prices facing today’s economy.

Current Market

Sales of hybrids, such as those sold at a vacuum truck sale, have remained sporadic and experts point out the fluctuation in gas prices as one of the biggest hindrances for buyers. With the production volume of these vehicles still low, manufacturers are not able to decrease their price. Even though tax credits are available to buyers, it is not enough to offset the high price of these trucks.

Those who are still interested in acquiring these hybrid vehicles can often justify their premium price by understanding that this price will be offset in the long run because of the way the hybrid system operates. Since the engine does not have to run constantly while working, fuel costs can be saved over the years. Batteries are able to run the vacuum system and other accessories, so the diesel engine does not need to continue to idle while the job is being completed.

Environmental Contribution

The price of a hybrid vacuum truck becomes more economically justifiable in the arena of improving the atmosphere. It is important that it be realized just how much the carbon emissions of a conventional vacuum truck put into the atmosphere. Besides the high diesel prices of a regular vacuum truck, this only increases why it is better for a business to purchase newer, more efficient hybrid equipment. In fact, there are an increasing number of contractors acquiring hybrid-powered vehicles in areas with air emission restrictions.

There are also government jobs that require the use of low-emission vehicles; therefore, companies who acquire this type of equipment can bid on these contracts. They are also advantageous for work in areas with noise-abatement laws, especially if any of the work must be done during night-time hours.

Minimizing Idle Time

Commonly, hybrid truck technology relies mainly on its diesel and electrically-powered engines. In comparison to vehicles that use a conventional engine, the new technology of a hybrid machine offers a double power source, providing uninterrupted power at any given time. These new models come with a monitor that controls the driving conditions and can automatically chose the most ideal power mode. For example, during operation, the battery-powered unit can run the vacuum system up to forty minutes with the engine shut off. When the batteries are down to certain level, the system automatically turns the diesel engine on and recharges the batteries in just five minutes while idling. Using the electric power from the battery means fuel savings and reduced wear-and-tear of the diesel engine.

When wanting to be good custodians of the environment, acquiring hybrid equipment from a vacuum truck sale is one way to accomplish that objective. Considering many of the things mentioned above, especially as governmental bodies push for greater regulation of vehicle emissions and noise emissions, it is going to become extremely beneficial for those companies that use vacuum trucks to move towards a ‘greener’ future for their fleet of vehicles!