UPS Goes Hybrid

If your business depends on delivery vehicles it is difficult to reduce your carbon footprint without some serious investment in alternative energy.

Courier company UPS have done just that by placing an order for 200 hybrid electric vehicles which is believed to be the largest commercial order for hybrids. They also ordered 300 compressed natural gas (CNG ) vehicles for their fleet.

Apparently UPS have been using some form of alternative fuel vehicles in their fleet for more than 70 years and utilise electric, hybrid electric, CNG, liquefied natural gas and propane-powered vehicles.

Their new hybrids will go on the road in 2009 and are expected to save 176,000 gallons of fuel annually. In the UK petrol is around five pounds a gallon now so that’s a saving of £880,000.00. Not only does it make their business more economical but they will reduce their C02 emissions so much that it can be compared to removing 100 conventional flue vehicles from the roads.

[Via Ecofriend ]