GE takes giant hybrid dump truck

May 8, 2008

General Electric on Tuesday said that it has tested a hybrid version of a haul truck, the kind of giant dump truck that’s used at a mine or to haul away mountains of dirt.

The system works just like a Toyota Prius, more or less. The engine feeds electricity to a battery that runs the drivetrain. During braking, the spinning wheels act as a generator for the battery.

The batteries in the hybrid off-highway truck is the same sodium-based battery used in GE’s locomotives, according to the GE Research blog.

The hybrid haul truck wasn’t just announced in honor of Earth Day.

Rising fuel prices are pushing truck manufacturers to adopt more efficient and clean technologies.

Volvo is developing a range of Mack trucks with the goal of making them carbon neutral. A hybrid Mack dump truck can save between 25 percent and 30 percent on fuel costs.


Jobs For Dump Trucks

February 12, 2008

Have you ever thought about truck driving for a living; in particular, have you ever thought about driving dump trucks. Getting your certification to drive dump trucksĀ is a smart career move. It not only gives you a job that you can do anywhere, rain or shine, it gives you a job that is easier to do. If you have been in construction for a while, you might be carrying a few injuries. It gets harder to do a lot of the more physically demanding tasks as you get older and if you are unskilled, that can make it harder to find work.

The great thing about dump trucks is that they do not place any undue stress on your body. Sitting inside a dump truck you are out of the elements and not doing any heavy lifting, what more could you ask for? Many people think that the only place for dump trucks is in the construction industry, they could not be more wrong. Today, dump trucks are used in construction, agriculture, mining, landscaping and for many other functions. This is great when it comes time to look for work. If you get tired of working in one industry, you can always change to another. That is the beauty of versatile certifications like dump trucks.

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