UPS grows green fleet

ATLANTA — The world’s largest package delivery company has ordered another 200 hybrid electric trucks and 300 compressed natural gas vehicles for its North American fleet.

UPS said it is buying the chassis for the trucks from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., with Eaton Corp. supplying the hybrid power system for the hybrid electric vehicles.

This is Freightliner’s largest order of alternative-fuel and drive-train commercial vehicles to-date.

The vehicles will be used by UPS for daily delivery operations. The 200 hybrid electric vehicles will be deployed in 2009, while the natural gas vehicles will hit the road later this year.

The hybrid-electric powertrain, combined with a diesel engine and electric motor, achieves an over 40 percent improvement in fuel economy and an over 90 percent reduction in emissions compared to baseline non-hybrid vehicles.

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