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UPS Adds HEVs in Long Island and Philadelphia

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United Parcel Service (UPS) is expanding its alternative fuel fleet and deploying 75 new hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island and Philadelphia.

The new 37 vehicles are part of a 200 hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) expansion taking place in DC, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville.

Currently, 50 UPS hybrid electric vehicles are on the road in
Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix.

UPS said that the new fleet will ” reduce fuel consumption by roughly 176,000 gallons over the course of a year,” and will “reduce the amount of CO2 gases released annually into the atmosphere by 1,786 metric tonnes.”


The new hybrid power system utilizes a conventional diesel engine combined with a battery pack, saving fuel and reducing pollution-causing emissions. The small diesel is used to recharge the battery pack and to add power when necessary.

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 HEVs use a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation body 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 HEVs will cut down on fuel consumption by about 35 percent, the company said, equaling about 100 regular UPS delivery vehicles.

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