12 October 2010

MythBusters to utilize 2010 Freightliner Business Class hybrid truck

There is no need to determine if the delivery of a new 2010 Freightliner Business Class® M2 106 Hybrid dry van truck to the gang at Discovery Channel’s hit show MythBusters is busted or plausible because it has already been confirmed.

The M2 106 Hybrid is a pretty impressive example of eco-friendly engineering that offers a significant decrease in harmful emissions coupled with increased fuel efficiency without sacrificing power.

But instead of continuing to impress everyone with my vast knowledge of hybrid-electric drive units and catalytic emissions reduction I will defer to the experts at Freightliner.

The EPA 2010 compliant, diesel powered Freightliner M2 106 Hybrid is equipped with selective catalytic reduction emissions technology and an Eaton parallel hybrid-electric drive unit. This combination offers remarkably low exhaust emissions while delivering a 25 percent to 40 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The 20-ft. van body was built and installed at Supreme Corporation's Moreno Valley, Calif., facility and includes a 16-ft. retractable awning, exterior lighting and a hydraulic tail gate lift manufactured by Maxon Lifts of Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The truck chassis will also feature an Eaton 5 kW auxiliary power generator that will energize accessories like power tools and a refrigerator from the hybrid battery, reducing truck idle time.

I would have probably also mentioned the 55 degree wheel cut but I guess the above description will suffice—yes I had to look that up.

And keep in mind that the relationship between Freightliner and MythBusters is not a new venture. In fact the good folks at the Portland Oregon-based manufacturer actually appear to trust the cast of the show. I guess they missed the episode where Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara destroyed something with explosives.

"We've enjoyed a great working relationship with the team at Freightliner Trucks for many years," said Jamie Hyneman, host of MythBusters. "They've provided vehicles for truck-related myths and have offered use of their proving grounds in Madras, Ore., whenever we need it. That's remarkable because we have a hard time getting anyone who's seen the show to loan us anything!"

According to MythBusters executive producer Dan Tapster, the new truck will be utilized for “day-to-day” operations and “off-site production.”

Here’s hoping that poor M2 106 Hybrid isn’t eventually packed full of explosives and sent to a slow motion captured fiery demise. On second thought that might be kind of cool.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney
Eric is the co-founder & executive editor of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his TDIV work, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit: Freightliner