UPS to Deliver Packages with Fleet HEVs

November 08, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

United Parcel Service (UPS, Atlanta, GA) unveiled plans to complete testing of a hybrid-electric delivery vehicle co-developed with PEI Electronics (Huntsville, AL) to operate in UPS's fleet. The vehicle is currently being used to pick up and deliver packages at 158 locations on a 31-mile route in Huntsville, and on-road testing of the vehicle will be completed in February.

UPS Chairman-elect Mike Eskew stated, "Our goal with this project is to significantly reduce exhaust emissions and increase fuel economy; improve mechanical and operational reliability; and provide clean, efficient auxiliary power. Our overall objective is to lessen our imprint on the environment."