Dunbar Armored has taken delivery of the first hybrid-electric armored truck – a Freightliner Business Class® M2 106 Hybrid.

Easily configured for a wide variety of bodies and different applications, the Business Class M2 106 Hybrid is designed for stop-and-go and stationary power take-off (PTO) operations.

Dunbar Armored, which is the largest privately-owned armored car service provider in the United States, provides security service to commercial, financial, state and federal institutions. The company’s new Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck – which will be the first hybrid vehicle in Dunbar’s fleet of more than 1,400 – will be in service in California.

All of Freightliner Trucks’ hybrid products are equipped with EPA 2010-compliant engines utilizing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the Eaton® Hybrid Electric Drivetrain System, a parallel hybrid system that enables the truck to operate using the diesel engine alone, or in combination with the electric hybrid motor.

Dunbar’s new Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck is the first production hybrid in the medium-duty market to include Eaton’s “engine off at stop” technology, which shuts the engine off completely when the vehicle comes to a stop. The “engine off at stop” feature also includes a hill-hold function, which prevents the truck from rolling on grades greater than 2 percent when the driver removes his foot from the brake and steps on the accelerator. Combined, the new features are expected to give customers up to an additional 8 percent in fuel savings.