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UPS continues to green its fleet

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- UPS has placed what's being called the largest order of alternative fuel commercial vehicles with ...

GAFFNEY, S.C. — UPS has placed what’s being called the largest order of alternative fuel commercial vehicles with Freightliner Custom Chassis, including 200 hybrid-electric vehicles and 300 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.

The vehicles are being manufactured using Freightliner Custom Chassis’ walk-in van MT45 and MT55 models as the base trucks.

The new environmentally-friendly delivery vehicles will be placed in service throughout the US, the company says.

“This order reflects the proven durability, reliability, and cost benefits of operating FCCC’s alternative-fuel vehicles. The technology is available now to begin to achieve both the environmental and fuel economy goals to meet our customer’s operational requirements,” said to Mike Stark FCCC senior technical sales manager of national accounts.

UPS hopes to save 176,000 gallons of fuel per year thanks to its 200 new hybrid-electric vehicles, which will be integrated into the fleet in 2009. The company says they will also reduce CO2 emissions by 1,786 tonnes annually. The vehicles utilize the Eaton hybrid-electric drive system.

The 300-truck CNG order will be deployed into service later this year. They are powered by a Cummins B Gas Plus engine.

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