World's Fastest Hybrid Truck Will Try to Set New Record

Volvo will attempt to set another world speed record with its "Mean Green" racetruck, the automaker announced today at the Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky.

Volvo will try to break the record April 27 at Historic Wendover Airfield in Utah. The truck will use Volvo's hybrid powertrain, which uses the company's exclusive motor and battery, as well as the Volvo D16 and I-Shift automated-manual transmission.

"In total, Mean Green pumps out a massive 2,100 horsepower and nearly 5,000 pounds-feet of torque – of which, 200 horsepower and 885 pounds-feet of torque come from the electric motor. Aerodynamics also plays a vital role in achieving top speed, so Volvo designers selected a North American VN cab and sculpted the optimal aerodynamic shape for the truck."

The Mean Green Volvo currently holds records in the standing 500-meter distance, standing kilometer and flying kilometer.

To read the full press release, click here. And to look at the video of the previous record-breaking runs, click here.

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mean green lmao

of which, 200 horsepower and 885 pounds-feet of torque come from the electric motor.

Damn! Put that in my Silverado 1500! 885 ft/lbs..........

OK, it's fast.
But the press release leaves out the most important detail of all, MPG.

If it's a hyrbrid that gets 5 mpg instead of 4 mpg, then it's not deserving of much recognition.

I'm intrigued by the "renewable liquid rosin" fuel. Sounds like something that oil industry lobbiests would want to have outlawed.

@Mark Williams... What record are they trying to beat?

@ unclebud

The most green paint on a big rig

World's fastest hybrid? I bet it would go much faster if the left the batteries at home ;)
Here is a clip of this truck drag racing a Ferrari and winning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cVtzt_bbhM

@Lou,
Volvo is using the North American VN cab as against the European one, to promote it's North American Hybrid and CNG alternatives for the NA market.
http://www.commercialmotor.com/big-lorry-blog/volvo-trucks-steps-on-the-gas-in-north-america..and-biglorryblog-has-the-story-from-mats-to-prove-it

More on the Green Machine.
http://www.commercialmotor.com/big-lorry-blog/mean-green--the-world-s-fastest-hybrid-truck-looking-to-set-new-records--biglorryblog-has-the-story

"Our engineers developed the world’s fastest hybrid truck utilizing the same Volvo hybrid drive system powering hundreds of Volvo buses throughout the world, including London’s double-decker buses.”

racetruck, the automaker announced today at the Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky.

@Maxx - Actually, going from 4 - 5 mpg would be a huge accomplishment. Just think of how much fuel that would save on a 2,000 mile trip. It's a much bigger accomplishment than getting a hybrid car to double fuel economy from 100 mpg to 200 mpg

“The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine delay,” said Boije Ovebrink, Mean Green’s owner and driver. “It's like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with explosive force.”

So there's no delay, but it takes a couple of seconds for the engine to deliver power???? Right.
@Maxx- going from 4 to 5mpg on a Line haul truck could mean a $100 a day in fuel saved. The same goes for busses that run 2-3 shifts a day.

Some good posts. I'd have to agree that saving 1 mpg in a big rig is more substantial a gain then getting better mpg out of an econobox. More gains can be had in the commercial sector than from personal use. Ocean freighters are the biggest polluters on the planet.

Some good posts. I'd have to agree that saving 1 mpg in a big rig is more substantial a gain then getting better mpg out of an econobox. More gains can be had in the commercial sector than from personal use. Ocean freighters are the biggest polluters on the planet.
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