Freightliner Gets Largest Alternative Order From UPS

Posted on May 13, 2008

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) said it has received its largest order of alternative fuel commercial vehicles from UPS. The order, consisting of 200 hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and 300 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, is being manufactured on FCCC's walk-in van MT45 and MT55 chassis product line.

The vehicles will be used by UPS for daily delivery operations across the United States and will function in concert with their current fleet of conventional diesel vehicles. FCCC also recently announced that the purchase of a hybrid electric or CNG chassis may result in substantial federal tax credits. The FCCC MT45/MT55 models utilizing the Eaton 44 kW hybrid electric system may realize a $4500 tax credit, while the CNG powered chassis equipped with the 5.9 L Cummins B Gas Plus Natural Gas engine may qualify for up to $25,000 is tax credits, the company said.

FCCC said it has placed more than 160 HEVs in service since 2004 along with over 1000 CNG-fueled chassis since 2000. The 200 hybrid electric vehicles for UPS will be deployed in 2009 and join the 25 FCCC HEV delivery trucks already in operation. The additional 300 CNG chassis will be deployed in late 2008.