THE HINO HYBRID SYSTEM
Hino has further improved the design of its Diesel Electric hybrid system to maximise efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and provide owners with a low-maintenance and trouble-free driveline.
The components that support the hybrid system have been redesigned to reduce weight and take up less space and deliver greater performance.
With the redesigned Hybrid system Hino has implemented the use of its own ProShift 5 automated manual transmission, and relocated the truck’s clutch, placing it between the diesel engine and electric motor.
The relocation of the clutch means the truck (under certain circumstances) can now use the electric motor alone to start off from standstill.
In addition, in certain driving circumstances where the accelerator pedal is released, the clutch may be decoupled to maximise the collection of the kinetic energy recovered by the electric generator.
As a result energy efficiency is increased and fuel consumption is greatly reduced.
HINO HYBRID BATTERY
All Hino hybrid 300 series trucks use a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery for their hybrid driveline systems. The majority of hybrid vehicles in the world today use NiMH batteries, and worldwide the same Toyota Group battery technology has been used in over 3 million Hybrid vehicles.
Hino’s nickel-metal hydride battery has the advantages of:
- Proven reliability, safety and durability, even in high current applications
- Resilience to overcharging
- Low cost
- Long life and maintenance free operation
The hybrid battery is covered by a Hino factory warranty for 5 years or 160,000km.
The Hino Hybrid 300 Series has no clutch pedal. The ProShift 5 automated manual transmission employs an electronic control unit to control the changing of gears and operation of the clutch.
When driven in the Drive (D) mode, the vehicle can be driven like a conventional automatic-transmission truck (easy two-pedal operation). In this mode gear changes are executed in accordance with driving conditions and hybrid system mode settings.
The operation of the hybrid drivetrain is optimised in this mode, contributing to significant fuel consumption savings.
Drivers may also select S (Sequential) mode, should they wish to select gears manually to suit their driving style, or to hold gears in circumstances such as long steep descents (requires low gear selection).
Hino’s ProShift AMT has been designed so that it is easy to drive, requires low maintenance, and provides long service life.