UPS announced on February 17 that it would purchase 50 new-generation hybrid delivery trucks in two sizes from International Truck and Engine and Freightliner LLC.
The trucks will feature lithium ion batteries that are capable of faster re-charging and have a longer life than batteries used in previous generations of HEV’s. The first of the 50 HEV’s will be deployed in Dallas this June. The UPS alternative fuel fleet - at 1,500 vehicles one of the largest in the United States - currently includes trucks powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electricity and hydrogen.
UPS will also purchase 4,100 low-emission conventional vehicles in 2006. UPS anticipates reducing fuel consumption by 40,000+ gallons per year on the HEV's, and 1.5 million gallons per year on the conventional vehicles. The conventional vehicles should achieve a 15 percent improvement in fuel economy.
This is one of the largest purchases of vehicles using lithium ion batteries. I wonder whose batteries are being used. No post on Green Car Congress on this announcement to give me any clues. I really think half of the reason for this post was so I could use the headline.