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When you have a fleet of over 93,000 vehicles, that travel not only from business to business but to homes as well, you’d probably better ensure your fleet is having the least harmful effect on the environment possible.
UPS is taking good strides towards just that. Not only do they have low emission natural gas trucks in operation (I’ve seen them driving through downtown Los Angeles every day), but they just recently announced on their website they are the first industry to purchase hydraulic hybrid vehicles.
In testing, the hydraulic hybrid vehicles apparently achieved a 45-50% improvement in fuel economy compared to conventional diesel delivery trucks. They also reported a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions. The first two hybrid vehicles are due to be rolled out in the first quarter of 2009.
As can be imagined, one downside is the significant costs involved in manufacturing these hydraulic hybrid vehicles. But with UPS already having 1500+ alternative-fuel vehicles on the road, they are happy to take the next measure to help the environment and continue to lower the harmful emissions coming from their massive fleet.
I look forward to seeing what UPS’ next emission-lowering steps will be. Have they tried using an effective fuel additive in the rest of their 91,500 vehicles? Just think of how much they could literally drive down emissions. Go UPS!