INTERVIEW WITH A 40-YEAR TRUCK DRIVING VETERAN
Here at Hyliion we take customer feedback seriously. It’s important to us that our parts and systems deliver best-in-class experience and performance. But don’t take it from us, check out this interview with Dave, one of our beta users and a long-haul truck driver of more than 40 years.
"We took it up a four-lane highway which is steep enough with an empty tractor-trailer that I started to lose a little bit of speed, and when I started to take my foot off the throttle, the trailer actually pushed the truck up the hill. It did an exceptional job I didn't even feel the motor kick in on the trailer. It just happened so smoothly, and that was something that impressed me the most: that the trailer was actually pushing the truck. " - Driver Dave | 40 Year Long-Haul Driver
It’s gotta cause the driver to relax the throttle which will increase the fuel mileage considerably. No more hitting the bottom of the hill at 100 miles an hour and trying to make it to the top at 40. I would guess you're probably looking to be somewhere around 20 miles per gallon. What caught my attention was I didn't need my foot on the floor, I started backing off the throttle probably about three quarters and it was still performing in the same way it was supposed to with full throttle. Everything was coming from the trailer.
The driver won't even feel it, shouldn't even feel it. Won’t be any sudden jerks to the truck…any…anything that the driver would be noticing other than the fact that it does have the power to push the truck. The weight of the unit doesn't seem to be that important; it’s not heavy. Probably by taking the duals off and having the super singles, it’ll probably be the same weight as it will be with duals and the standard suspension.”