Volvo set out in Utah this week to break world speed records with its Mean Green hybrid truck machine. Why? To act as a "catalyst" for furthering the discussion and understanding about hybrid technology. 

“Mean Green’s incredible performance underscores the strong potential of hybrid drivelines when applied to the right operation,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks president, North American Sales & Marketing. “Neither hybrid or any other alternative fuel technology, like natural gas, is a one-size-fits-all solution, but the technology is available for appropriate applications. While diesel remains the most efficient transportation fuel currently available, we know the future of petroleum is limited. The Volvo Group continues to test and evaluate the merits of a number of alternatives.”

The truck, which has a 16-cylinder engine that pushes 1,900 horsepower combined with a 200-horsepower electric motor, broke the Flying Kilometer record at 147.002 mph (135.943 mph before) and the Standing Kilometer record at 95.245 mph (94.605 mph before). 

[via Volvo]