DENTON, Texas ‘ Peterbilt’s medium duty hybrids vehicles purchased in the United States are eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $12,000 from the federal government.  The Department of Treasury’s heavy manufacturing and transportation group certified the Peterbilt Model 335 Class 7 and Model 330 Class 6 Hybrid Electric vehicles as eligible for these credits.

The maximum $12,000 credit for Class 7 hybrids is available for the Model 335 Hybrid Electric in both utility-boom and pickup and delivery applications when equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine and an Eaton hybrid system.  A $6,000 credit, the maximum for Class 6 hybrids, is available for the Model 330 Class 6 Hybrid Electric in utility-boom and pickup-and-delivery applications when equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine and an Eaton hybrid system.  Tax information on the 2009 incentives for the 8 eligible models can be found at Peterbilt Qualified Heavy Hybrid Vehicles.

‘The business flexibility and fuel efficiency potential of Peterbilt’s extensive line-up of Medium-duty and Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicles is complimented by the federal tax credits being offered through the end of 2009,” says Larry Reding, assistant general manager of sales and marketing, Peterbilt Motors Company.  ‘The combination of fuel gains, environmental awareness, and available tax credits makes this an optimal time to purchase a Peterbilt hybrid vehicle.”   

The Model 335 Hybrid Electric utilizes components that provide up to a 30 to 40 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, when configured for a utility application.  These fuel savings are realized through both an on-road fuel economy gain, and an 80 percent reduction in engine idling, through electric operation of the Power Take-Off (PTO) using the on-board lithium-ion batteries.

The Model 330 Hybrid Electric is available with a 26,000 pound GVW rating, and can be configured for non-CDL operation with hydraulic brakes for a greater range of driver options.  The integration of the Eaton Hybrid Drive System and the 260-horsepower PACCAR PX-6 engine delivers up to 860 ft-lbs of torque.  Launching the vehicle electrically in an urban driving cycle can easily achieve fuel economy benefits in excess of 30 percent. 

Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR Inc (Nasdaq: PCAR), manufactures premium quality trucks for a wide range of markets, including over-the-road, construction, municipal and medium-duty.  Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt combines classic styling, innovative design and superior-quality features in a custom-engineered truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry.  Through its 240-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of TruckCare® aftermarket support programs, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt.  For more information about Peterbilt, visit


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