The latest evolution in technology being built in East Texas

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Congressman Louie Gohmert got a tour inside the Capacity manufacturing plant where the new Phett Tractor is built from scratch.

"It will stop a lot of carbon emission so it's great for our environment but what I love about it is that it creates jobs," said Hutchison.

"I just think Texas is the can do state," said Gohmert. "Oh, you want a tractor truck that will run on electricity? We can do that, we can do!"

And a "can do attitude" is just what it took engineer Collin Roberts and his team to design and build this green engine.

"I have four babies," said Colin Roberts, director of engineering. "Carson, Dayton, Tia, and Phett. They are 8,7,and 5 and the truck is brand new so that's kind of how I look at it. We're quite proud of it, it was definitely a team effort. Imagine a Toyota Preius that can pull 125,000 pounds, that's kind of it in a nut shell."

The Phett is 40 percent cleaner than today's diesel engines, and local and state government leaders says the new hybrid is just the start of moving towards a greener world starting right here in East Texas with a simple plug.

"During the day, the on board generator will produce electricity that will fill up the batteries and keep you going through the day," said Roberts. "So. Basically, it's an electric vehicle with its own power train on board. You can have your cake and eat it too."

"We need to have oil and gas as the mainstay of our energy industry," said Hutchison. "You are leading the way and I thank you for doing it and we're going to support you!"

The Phett Tractor will cost you $165,000. Capacity says although the prices is twice as much as a regular tractor truck, the government offers grants that can help you with the bill.

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