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An anonymous reader shares a report: Trucking in the US is still driven by diesel-fueled, compression-ignition (CI), internal combustion engines. Daniel Cohn and Leslie Bromberg, a set of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published a newspaper with the Society of Automotive Engineers, indicating that the best way forward is not to await all-electric or hydrogen-powered semis, but to build a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) truck with an internal combustion engine/generator that can burn either gas or renewable ethanol or methanol. Such a installation preserves affordability and the range that’s expected of petrol long-haul trucks while significantly reducing the emissions. It’s a near-term solution; no more waiting for battery weight to hydrogen or collapse . Although a PHEV system has not yet been widely implemented and analyzed in trucking A hybrid system is not a concept. A company named Hyliion introduced a hybrid truck in 2017, and San Diego utilizes a hybrid electric-compressed all-natural gas bus on its transit system, the latter is not for long-haul use and although diesel emissions are grappled with by the former. But there are a few issues with all-diesel and all-electric trucks that a truck that is flex-fuel that is hybrid could solve. Freight companies are currently looking for the cheapest way to transfer goods from point A to point B, so vehicles do not make financial sense, especially if you’re competing with other freight companies using more economical diesel engines.