Green Fleet

Retrofitting Municipal, Transit Vehicles Promises to Create Jobs

September 24, 2009

CHICAGO - Before municipalities and government agencies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on hybrid vehicles, they should consider retrofitting their current vehicles with state-of-the art hydraulic braking and propulsion systems, according to Sam Jones, president of Recaptured Energy Technologies. 

"There is no simple solution when it comes to improving fuel economy and reducing emissions of transit and fleet vehicles.  This is especially true today when there are limited resources available to address a multitude of complex issues," said Jones. "Retrofitting existing vehicles makes economic and environmental sense and would create jobs immediately, as the evaluation and conversion process could begin right away.  Purchasing new hybrid vehicles is a costly endeavor and does not bring jobs to the area." 

Recaptured Energy Technologies has developed a unique hydraulic braking and propulsion system that it is designed specifically to be retrofit to existing vehicles.  The system captures wasted brake energy and convert its to an auxiliary source of energy to power the vehicle. The realized reduction in fuel consumption and added years of useful life are economic advantages, while the reduction in harmful emissions from a renewable source of energy is a "green" benefit as well.

"The bottom line is that it makes economic and environmental sense for municipalities and government agencies to investigate the benefits of retrofitting before spending millions of dollars," continued Jones.  "Conducting a thorough vehicle asset analysis and having a comprehensive, executable plan in place are the best ways to create jobs, conserve energy and maximize return on investment."

About Recaptured Energy Technologies

Headquartered in Chicago, Recaptured Energy Technologies (RET) is a leader in providing energy solutions for fleet, commercial and transit vehicles.  RET helps government agencies, fleet managers and corporations improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and lower vehicle maintenance costs through energy optimization.  For more information, call 312-214-7266 or visit


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