UPS expands green fleet with 200 electric hybrid vehicles
UPS has ordered 200 hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)
– the largest commercial order of such trucks by any company – in addition
to another 300 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles for its United States
The purchase of the 500 additional vehicles means the UPS alternative
fuel fleet will grow 30 percent from 1,718 to 2,218 low-carbon vehicles.
UPS’s “green fleet” operates in the United States, Germany, France, Brazil,
Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom and has traveled nearly 144 million
miles since 2000. The fleet includes electric, hybrid electric, CNG,
liquefied natural gas and propane-powered vehicles. The company also
is continuing work with the Environmental Protection Agency on a hydraulic
hybrid delivery vehicle.
The 200 hybrid electric vehicles will be deployed in 2009 and join 50
HEV delivery trucks already in operation. The 200 trucks are expected
to save 176,000 gallons of fuel annually and reduce CO2 emissions by
1,786 metric tons each year.
The HEV’s hybrid power system allows UPS to save on fuel and pollution-causing
emissions. A battery pack, motor/generator and power control system are
added, which allow electric power to be fed into the powertrain when
conditions demand it, providing further savings.
The 300 CNG vehicles will be deployed later this year and join more than
800 such vehicles already in use in the United States. CNG vehicles run
on natural gas, a cost-effective, clean-burning and readily available
fuel. These vehicles are expected to yield a 20 percent reduction in
emissions over the cleanest diesel engines available today.
The CNG/HEV vehicle order follows the April 2008 deployment of 167 new
CNG vehicles in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Ramon, Fresno
and Sacramento. In addition, UPS added 50 next-generation hybrid electric
delivery trucks in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix in May 2007.
The chassis for the CNG and HEV trucks are being purchased from Freightliner
Custom Chassis Corporation, with Eaton Corporation supplying the hybrid
power system for the HEVs. The truck bodies are identical externally
to the signature-brown trucks that now comprise the UPS fleet with additional
script markings that will identify them as CNG and HEV vehicles.