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Pluggable Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor, or PHETT, Launched by Capacity of Texas

Capacity of Texas announced today the availability of the Pluggable Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor (PHETT(TM)). The PHETT(TM) is the latest evolution of innovative hybrid technology, combining the advantages of scientific and mechanical expertise to reduce emissions and overall carbon footprints.

Pluggable Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor or PHETT

"As a leader in the terminal tractor industry, we are pleased to offer our Pluggable Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor. Developed and built in Longview, TX, through a grant from the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, this product will change perceptions and reduce operational expense of terminal tractors. The PHETT(TM) will also reduce emissions at all Ports, Intermodal Yards and Warehousing/Distribution Centers not only in North America, but throughout the world," stated Phillip Ford, President of Capacity of Texas.

The PHETT is a charge sustaining series hybrid that utilizes a constant and efficient rate generator to supply power, reducing fuel consumption by 60% and audible db by 30%. With the lowest operational cost per hour, the PHETT also incorporates an AC traction motor and on-board grid-charging system. Integration and introduction of this technology into the flagship Capacity Trailer Jockey(R) line included review and redesign of front & rear axles, steering system, frame structure, suspension and isolation of components as well as adjustments for cab interior space requirements; all resulting in optimum performance and design for terminal tractor applications.

Local and state government representatives, including U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX.), and Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX.), will be present at the Capacity plant, located at 401 Capacity Drive in Longview, Texas, at 2:00 p.m. on April 14th, 2009 for launch and recognition of this new technology serving the material handling industry.

Capacity of Texas, Inc., based in Longview, Texas, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Collins Industries, Inc., and is the largest American owned manufacturer of terminal tractors in North America, offering a full product line of terminal trucks used throughout the world. Capacity distributes products through a national and international authorized representative network. For a current listing of Capacity products and authorized representatives, visit

Collins Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of BNS Holding, Inc., is also a leading manufacturer of ambulances (including medical attack vehicles, rescue vehicles and fire emergency vehicles), North America's largest producer of Type "A" small school buses, and a leader in the road construction and industrial sweeper markets. Since 1971, Collins Industries, Inc. has grown to approximately 900 employees in three plants comprising over eight-hundred thousand combined square feet of manufacturing space. Collins Industries, Inc. sells its products throughout North America and abroad.

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