Fleetwood Industries Inc.’s Concept Hybrid – an industry first – is mounted on the 27,000-pound GVWR Freightliner ecoFRED front-engine diesel/electric hybrid concept chassis that promises to improve fuel mileage, particularly in stop-and-start situations or when the motorhome is on a grade. “We are collecting feedback from the public about their interest in this kind of vehicle,” said David Coffin, Fleetwood director of product development and engineering. In an initial test, Coffin reports the 36-foot, triple-slide Fleetwood Hybrid got 19% better fuel consumption than a traditional diesel motorhome. The chassis is powered by a standard 300-hp Cummins ISB 6.7-liter diesel engine that includes an Eaton automated manual transmission equipped with an HEV electric motor. The system continually recharges 340-volt lithium-ion batteries to power the electric motor and automatically selects diesel or electric or both.