UPS To Order 4100 Low-Emissions Trucks In '06

Posted on February 17, 2006

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) will order 50 hybrid electric delivery vehicles and acquire 4100 low-emission vehicles during 2006 as part of a strategy to cut costs, the company said. "We are working on the same assumption as most of the rest of the world that oil is not going to last forever," UPS fleet environment manager Robert Hall told Reuters. "As the world changes we are going to need to deliver our packages in a fuel-efficient manner."

The Atlanta, Georgia-based company said each of the 50 hybrid electric vehicles, or HEVs, will save some 44,000 gallons of fuel annually. Apart from emitting 16,000 fewer tons of carbon dioxide annually, the 4,100 low-emission trucks are also 15% more fuel-efficient and will save UPS 1.5 million gallons per year, the company said. UPS has a global fleet of around 91,000 vehicles.

The company would not disclose how much the new trucks will cost, but spokesman Norman Black said the HEVs generally cost twice as much as ordinary trucks. "But the idea is to recoup that investment through fuel savings," he said. The HEVs will reduce UPS' emissions by 457 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The HEVs will be produced by International Truck and Engine, while the majority of the low-emission vehicles will be made by Freightliner LLC.