Al-Futtaim Motors launches the UAE’s first hybrid truck

In line with its efforts to make a significant difference in the environmental footprint and contribute to a cleaner air quality in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility and exclusive distributor of Hino in the UAE, has launched the country's first hybrid truck at the 8th edition of the Cold Food Chain Conference, which was held on the 5th of April at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai.

The Hino 300 Series Hybrid light-duty truck features the world's first hybrid diesel engine designed to deliver cleaner, more efficient transport solutions. Like the conventional petrol-engine Hino light-duty trucks, the hybrid variants are totally customizable and can be used with mounted chiller body, freezer body or dry cargo box, making them the ideal environmentally friendly transport solution for cold chain and cold storage services.

Ramez Hamdan, Acting Managing Director of Hino at Al-Futtaim Motors, said: "We have seen significant growth in the volume of light-duty trucks in the past three years. This growth has been paralleled with serious environmental goals by the UAE Government, to which we have responded by introducing the 2017 Hino 300 Series Hybrid truck, the perfect sustainable commercial vehicle.

"It's imperative for us to counteract the effects of harmful CO2 emissions, and our hybrid offering is a proven solution for the commercial sector with an impeccable track record worldwide,” explained Hamdan.

By employing a diesel Hybrid system, using a Euro 4 and EVV compliant 4L diesel engine matched to an auxiliary electric motor that is emission-free, the Hino Hybrid drive system significantly reduces exhaust tailpipe emissions when compared to a conventional diesel-engine truck. The Hino Hybrid emits significantly reduced emissions of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxide.

Hino Hybrid trucks also offer reduced running costs through greatly improved fuel economy and savings on maintenance costs, thanks to the myriad technologies available such as Idle stop, Regenerative braking, Easy Start and take-off assist, and Diesel particulate active reduction filter.

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