In the grand scheme of things, it's a small step: 10 diesel-hybrid trucks to replace conventional ones, saving about 1,600 KG of CO2 emissions per year, per truck. But as the first company to operate such a hybrid truck fleet in Australia, it's worth mentioning to encourage them to keep going, and encourage others in the country to follow suit.
The trucks are Dutro Hybrids made by Hino. The engine is a 4.0-liter, 110 kW (134 hp) turbodiesel that develops 392 Nm (289 lb-ft) of torque at 1,600 rpm with a 23 kW, 143 Nm electric motor and a six-speed transmission. The battery pack is a 273V, 6.5 Ah NiMH system. Where this diesel-hybrid system shines is in the smog-forming emissions: "The hybrid vehicle reduces NOx emissions by almost half and PM by 98.9%." We encourage TNT Express to look into biodiesel if they can get the truly green kinds (from waste cooking oil or from algae). ::TNT Launches Australia’s First Hybrid Truck Fleet. See also: ::Diesel-Hybrid Pickup Coming to U.S.