New Braunfels unveils hybrid trash truck

Truck puts out less emissions, cuts fuel consumption

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 06 2012 03:58:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2012 05:01:06 PM CDT
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -

The city of New Braunfels unveiled its newest venture into green technology on Thursday.

The Solid Waste department received a new trash truck, touted to reduce emissions and cut fuel consumption by up to 50 percent.

"We're getting an opportunity to show everybody that the city of New Braunfels has a mission to help sustain the environment,” said Mike Mundell, solid waste manager for the city of New Braunfels.

The trucks itself looks no different from most trash trucks, but with one exception -- it has no transmission.

"There is no transmission in the vehicle. The transmission has been removed and been replaced with the advanced hybrid technology,” said Mundell.

The hydraulic pressure propels the truck forward and stops it, too -- an essential and repetitive process for trash pick-up.

The truck also comes complete with the newest bells and whistles to help employees with the entire process.

Mundell believed the venture would be a money-saving one for New Braunfels.

"I believe we should see our return on our investment in about five and half years,” said Mundell. “It utilizes less fuel, generates fewer emissions, and becomes less expensive to operate.”

In addition, the hydraulic system takes pressure off of the brakes, meaning far fewer brake replacements, according to Mundell.

The city paid $367,000 for the truck, which is only the sixth one in commission in Texas.

Currently four are in use in Austin and one in Bryan.

Should the trial with the truck go well, New Braunfels may opt to add to more to its fleet.