Smart move

Even with carry-over bat­ter­ies, the green Hino has pluses

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

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

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