On May 27, Purolater Courier Ltd of Canada announced that it had introduced ten hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and one hydrogen fuel cell electric (FC-HEV) into its fleet in Toronto. An additional 20 HEVs will be introduced shortly in other metropolitan areas. If these vehicles live up to expectations the company plans to add up to 100 to its fleet annually. They emphasized the reduction in emissions from the vehicles. The HEVs are expected to eliminate up to 50% of emissions compared to its current vehicles.
The FC-HEV is one of the first put into service in Canada (or any where else?), It is hydrogen fueled and Purolater is developing a hydrogen generation and refueling system. It will generate hydrogen from water using renewable energy, such as wind power. The Canadian government highly subsidized the FC-HEV.
Azure Dynamics Corporation made the powertrains and according to their website it has a memo of understanding with Purolator to supply up to 3,000 powertrains.
This sounds great! How about converting our postal fleet to vehicles of this type.
Technocrati tag: hybrid electric vehicles