Research institute to study hybrid trucks for freight shipments

by Array

FPInnovations, a forest products research institute based in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, announced that it will be conducting two studies on eco-energy optimization for the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ).

Hybrid truck owned by Agropur and its partners.

The two $50,000 studies will analyze and compare the shipment of freight in urban centres by hybrid (diesel/electric) trucks and conventional (diesel) trucks.

FPInnovations will conduct the studies through its Program Innovation Transport (PIT).

Improving transportation systems

PIT brings researchers, vehicle fleet managers, technology providers and government agencies together with a view to improving each phase in both cross-border and urban transportation systems.

Through PIT, FPInnovations will analyze all of the environmental, economic and energy parameters for two hybrid trucks operated by the Société des alcohols du Québec (SAQ) and Agropur Cooperative, a Quebec-based dairy company.

The MTQ has assigned FPInnovations the responsibility for monitoring and analyzing the vehicles’ performance.

The data gathered from the SAQ truck will be analyzed and compared to shipments of the same type of freight using conventional trucks, with a view to identifying and understanding the advantages of hybrid technology in the transport sector.

As for the Agropur truck, FPInnovations researchers will focus specifically on hybrid vehicle driving techniques.

This study will identify behaviours that drivers should adopt in order to take full advantage of hybrid technology.

FPInnovations will then prepare specialized training for hybrid vehicle drivers.

Key study parameters

Among the numerous parameters for the two studies, fuel consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be of prime importance.

The company says PIT deploys efficient, cutting-edge technologies for long-distance and urban freight shipments.

It works with the transport industry, private companies with large merchandise distribution networks, government agencies and municipalities.

As a member of the PIT network, businesses and governments can tap into the expertise of FPInnovations researchers, who provide them with access to engineering services and practical advice for implementing new technologies.