Even with carry-over batteries, the green Hino has pluses
battery, something the previous model could not do.
It differs from hybrid cars in that the diesel engine must tick over at idle when the Hino Hybrid is moving. This is because the engine powers a series of auxiliary systems, including the steering assistance which is hydraulic rather than electric.
In the latest models, Hino installed the clutch for the automated manual transmission between the diesel engine and the electric motor, which means the electric motor can work without the diesel engine running.
When the truck coasts down a hill or when the driver applies the brakes, the electric motor can generate electricity to top up the battery. The previous Hybrid model was available with either a manual or fully automatic transmission. The new model’s five-speed automated manual transmission does not require a clutch pedal.
Mitsubishi Fuso switched to a smaller 3.0-litre engine but Hino has stuck with its 4.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, which has been upgraded with outputs of 110kw and 420Nm, increases of 10 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.
The new electric motor makes a handy 36kw/333nm/.
Hino estimates the Hybrid 300 Series can use 26 per cent less fuel than the equivalent diesel-only model.
Bright spark: The Hybrid has an automated manual transmission and its electric motor can work without the diesel running