So this is my day for environmental stories I suppose. I saw this story from Auto Blog Green detailing diesel electric hybrid trucks by Volvo planned for use as garbage trucks in London and Paris in 2009. This story struck me as interesting in a time when the US Automakers are asking for bailout money after spending the last 20 years telling congress and the public how impracticality fuel efficient cars and trucks would be. Now, if we would only give them a few hundred billion, they could have the first of these vehicles ready by 2012 or so.
Volvo has been field testing this behemoth hybrid since April of 2008 and they expect the low emissions, low noise, fuel efficient truck to be a big success in the urban areas where it will be used.