United Parcel Service (UPS) has added an additional 200 hybrid delivery vehicles to its fleet of low-emissions and alternative energy vehicles. With this latest addition, UPS now has more than 20,000 green vehicles in its fleet!

The new hybrids will join the 50-plus UPS hybrid vehicles already in use. The hybrid delivery trucks will see use in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Minneapolis and Louisville.

Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president, said in a statement:
We're proud of this large HEV deployment to major cities in the United States. This technology, where properly used, can yield a 35 percent fuel savings and, for UPS's fleet, simulate the removal of 100 diesel trucks' worth of fuel usage from the road.
As we've pointed out before, when corporations the size of UPS decide to conserve fuel, the results are astounding. The 200 new hybrid delivery vehicles alone are expected to save 176,000 gallons of fuel a year and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 1,786 metric tons. Wow! Find the entire release after the jump.

[Source: United Parcel Service]


UPS DEPLOYS 200 HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Latest HEV Expansion Broadens UPS Green Fleet to Major Cities


ATLANTA, April 6, 2010 -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles had expanded with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks.

Currently, 50 UPS hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) operate in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. The 200 new trucks join these and roughly 20,000 low-emission and alternative-fuel vehicles already in use. The new trucks will operate in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Minneapolis and Louisville.

"We're proud of this large HEV deployment to major cities in the United States," said Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president of engineering and sustainability, "This technology, where properly used, can yield a 35 percent fuel savings and, for UPS's fleet, simulate the removal of 100 diesel trucks' worth of fuel usage from the road."

The 200 new HEV package cars are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 176,000 gallons over the course of a year compared to an equivalent number of traditional diesel trucks. The hybrids also should reduce by 1,786 metric tons the amount of CO2 gases released annually into the atmosphere.

The new hybrid power system utilizes a smaller diesel engine than a conventional delivery truck, saving fuel and reducing pollution-causing emissions. A battery pack, generator and power control system are added, allowing electric power to be sent into the powertrain when conditions demand it, providing further savings.

HEVs use regenerative braking. The energy generated from applying the brakes is captured and returned to the battery as electricity. The combination of clean diesel power and electric power, supplemented by regenerative braking allows dramatic improvements in fuel savings and emissions reductions.

The HEV fleet features two different size vehicles from Workhorse Custom Chassis and Freightliner LLC and a hybrid power system from Eaton Corporation. The external truck bodies are identical to UPS's other signature brown trucks, although they feature additional labeling identifying them as hybrid electrics. The trucks use lithium ion batteries, which offer a faster re-charging capability and last longer than previous generation HEV batteries. Additionally, these vehicles are much quieter than conventional UPS trucks.

The UPS alternative fuel fleet is a diverse pantheon of multiple technologies, including compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electricity, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hydraulic hybrid technology. Since 2000, the alternative-fuel fleet has traveled more than 165 million miles.

UPS was the first package delivery company to introduce a HEV into daily operations with a research program it launched in early 1998. In 2001, the company deployed the industry's first hybrid electric package car into regular service in Huntsville, Ala., where the truck worked a 31-mile route with about 160 pickups and deliveries each day. UPS then introduced its second generation HEV to its Kalamazoo, Mich., fleet in 2004, while at the same time deploying the first hydrogen fuel cell delivery trucks into regular service.

While continuing to develop its alternative fuel fleet – UPS has invested more than $15 million in the effort – the company also has purchased and is operating more than 19,000 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 wide variety of technologies in our green fleet is indicative of UPS's 'rolling laboratory' philosophy to energy efficiency and reduced fuel consumption," Stoffel said. "Our goal is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, but there is no silver bullet technology to achieve this. This dependence will rely on a multi-modal approach."

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit
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