Hydraulic Hybrid Garbage Trucks Save Miami Fuel and Money

As Miami has been tightening its fiscal belt over the last few years, city leaders have been scrutinizing ways to save money. They recently replaced a few traditional diesel garbage collection trucks with hydraulic hybrid models, and as a result, they expect to save nearly $70,000 in fuel annually.

American City & County's June issue features the city's hybrid garbage truck introduction. To reduce the amount of money the city spends on fuel for its solid waste fleet, General Services Administration Fleet Superintendent Jose Davila began investigating alternatives to traditional diesel-powered garbage trucks. Miami used part of a $731,850 grant from the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program B to purchase four of the hybrid garbage trucks, and it purchased two more of the trucks with city funds....