UPS expands green fleet with 50 new hybrid electric
4,100 low-emission vehicles also being acquired
Atlanta, GA— UPS announced
it has placed an order for 50 new-generation hybrid electric delivery
trucks and also would acquire 4,100 low-emission conventional
vehicles during 2006.
The hybrid electric vehicles
(HEV) are being purchased in two sizes from International Truck
and Engine and Freightliner LLC. The trucks will feature lithium
ion batteries that are capable of faster re-charging and have
a longer life than batteries used in previous generations of HEVs.
The truck bodies will be identical externally to the signature-brown
trucks that now comprise the UPS fleet.
The first of the 50 HEVs will
be deployed in Dallas this June and will join more than 10,000
low emission and alternative-fuel vehicles already in use. The
UPS alternative fuel fleet — at 1,500 vehicles one of the
largest in the United States — currently includes trucks
powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane,
electricity and hydrogen. Research also is underway with the Environmental
Protection Agency on a hydraulic hybrid drivetrain.
The 50 HEV delivery trucks collectively
are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 44,000 gallons
over the course of a year compared to a normal diesel truck. The
hybrids also should reduce by 457 metric tons the amount of CO2
gases released into the atmosphere over the course of a year.
The 4,100 low emission vehicles offer a 15 percent improvement
in fuel economy over the vehicles that will be retired. These
vehicles will save roughly 1.5 million gallons of fuel over the
course of a year, emitting 16,000 fewer tons of CO2.
While continuing to develop its
alternative fuel fleet - UPS already has invested more than $15
million in the effort - the company also has purchased and is
operating more than 8,800 low emission conventional vehicles.
These vehicles have regular gas- and diesel-powered engines but
employ the very latest technology and manufacturing techniques
to reduce emissions as much as possible.
The majority of the 4,100 low-emission
vehicle chassis to be purchased in 2006 will be made by Freightliner
LLC and will enter the UPS fleet throughout the year, allowing
the retirement of older trucks.