Pickup truck offers hybrid option that generates power
For reduced emissions and improved fuel economy (up to 10% over standard gasoline engines), Sierra full-sized pickup trucks offer hybrid option. Available on 2- or 4-wheel-drive, extended-cab models. Includes 4, 120-v. auxiliary power outlets under rear seat of cab and in pickup bed, which turn vehicle into mobile power-generating station. Allows operation of power tools and equipment directly from outlets, without requiring a separate generator that consumes truckbed space. To conserve fuel, 14-kW. electric induction motor or starter generator assures fast starting and stopping, smoothes out driveline surges, generates electrical current to charge batteries and run auxiliary power outlets, and provides coast-down regenerative braking. Three lead-acid batteries store power for 42-v. module that drives vehicles power steering, brakes, and other components. Built-in driver information center monitors and reports on up to 34 functions, including situations such as ice possible or door ajar. Safety features include Passenger Sensing System that controls front-passenger air bag. Sierra pickup truck also comes in models that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or E85 (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline).