United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) recently added 125 hybrid-electric vehicles to its fleet. The new-technology delivery trucks are scheduled for use in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Mississippi and Texas in 2016. UPS purchased the eco-friendly trucks as part of a sustainability program to optimize alternative fuel use and to decrease environmental impact.
The international logistics company expects the hybrid-electric design to substantially improve fuel economy in comparison to gasoline-powered vehicles. According to Logistics Management, UPS believes widespread expansion of this technology has long-term advantages. Kristen Petrella, Sustainability PR Manager at UPS, claims better fuel economy means reduced operation costs, which could benefit the shipping industry and the customers.
Workhorse Group, Inc., a truck manufacturing and design company, produced the hybrid-electric trucks for UPS. Workhorse CEO Steve Burns stated that the enhanced fuel-efficient truck design addresses the stop-and-go issues associated with the city-based UPS deliveries.