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UPS Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fleet

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UPS's focus on sustainability is evident in the company's alternative fuel vehicle fleet. UPS developed and continues to expand its fleet using a "rolling laboratory" approach - using its alternative fuel fleet as a way to learn about how new technologies and advancements can be adapted for use in a large delivery network.

UPS's focus on sustainability is evident in the company's alternative fuel vehicle fleet. UPS developed and continues to expand its fleet using a "rolling laboratory" approach – using its alternative fuel fleet as a way to learn about how new technologies and advancements can be adapted for use in a large delivery network.

  • Hybrid vehicles are a key part of UPS's sustainable future.UPS has purchased 130 hybrid electric delivery trucks this year (HEVs) to add to its current HEV fleet of 250. 
  • The 130 vehicles will be deployed in 2011 to join the 250 trucks already in operation in Atlanta (12), Dallas (13), Houston (37), and Phoenix (13), Chicago, IL- (20), Minneapolis (13), Louisville (20), Washington, DC (17), Austin (30), Long Island, (25), Philadelphia (50). 
  • The vehicles will be deployed in California, New York and New Jersey.
  • The HEV fleet features a Freightliner Custom Chassis and a hybrid power system from Eaton Corporation. The external truck bodies are identical UPS's other signature brown trucks, although they feature additional labeling on the side identifying them as hybrid electrics. 

HEV Fuel Economy

  • UPS's automotive group estimates as much as a 35% savings in fuel economy.
  • The 130 trucks being deployed are expected to save 66,085 gallons of fuel annually and reduce CO2 emissions by 671 metric tons each year. 
  • The 250 HEV delivery trucks in operation currently are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 127,088 gallons over the course of a year compared to a normal diesel truck. The hybrids should also reduce CO2 gas emissions by approximately 1,290 metric tonnes annually. 
  • Together, the 380 trucks are expected to save 193,173 gallons of fuel annually and reduce CO2 emissions by 1,961 metric tons annually.

A History of HEV Innovation

  • UPS was the first package delivery company to introduce an 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. In addition, that vehicle had the ability to provide more than 80 percent of the electricity needed by its sorting facility to power the conveyer system and lights.
  • UPS introduced its second generation HEV to its Kalamazoo, Mich., fleet in 2004.

The UPS Green Fleet

The UPS alternative fuel fleet currently includes more than 2,022 trucks powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane and electricity.  UPS also has been testing hydraulic hybrid technology in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and others. Since 2000, the UPS green fleet has traveled 185 million miles making deliveries around the world.

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