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Two of the driving forces behind the implementation of diesel-electric hybrid technology are ever-increasing emissions standards and the push for less pollution at idle. Odyne, a clean technology company, recently partnered with Ford to build a plug-in hybrid solution for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that spend much of their time in stationary positions (and at idle). The 6.7L Cummins-powered Ford F-750 we saw at the show was said to be capable of saving up to 1,750 gallons of fuel annually. This Class 7 Super Duty featured lithium-ion batteries that recharge while braking (regenerative braking) and benefited from a 50hp (launch-assist) boost for take-off, thanks to the electric motor.