UPS will add 125 hybrid electric delivery vans to its fleet by the end of this year. Equipped with a range extender engine, the vans are expected to slash fuel costs by 75%.
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While Amazon thinks drones are the future of delivery services, for now at least companies like FedEx and UPS still require people power to get packages to your door. In fact, people power is exactly what UPS is using to delivery packages locally in Europe, where electronically-assisted trikes have been delivering packages in the older […]
Sustainable Brands returns to San Diego’s Paradise Cove for 2013. The 4-day conference, hosted by Saatchi & Saatchi S and presented by BMWi, promises a schedule packed with compelling speakers and events. I’ve gone to many sustainability conferences, and this is the one I’ve found most beneficial and informative.
Few companies have so vehemently and vocally supported hybrid and electric vehicles like General Electric. While it is obviously in the interest of GE, which produces charging stations and electrical components for electrified vehicles, GE made waves by pledging to replace half of its vehicle fleet with plug-in vehicles. Two years later, and that pledge is holding up, albeit at a slow, methodical pace.
The United States Post Office is dirty, inefficient, and – after failing to pay back the $12 billion loan it got from the US Gov’t – hemorrhaging cash at an alarming rate. Total collapse (in the form of not being able to pay employees, pay bills, or buy stamps) has been looming for over a […]
One of the quiet success stories in the EV world has been Smith Electric. This company is slowly but surely signing on one big business after another, and Smith EV’s are becoming a more common sign in cities across the U.S. Ever charging forward, Smith has revealed a step-van version of its Newton electric van, […]
Delivery and courier services are some of the cornerstones of our civilization – whether it’s the pony express, snail mail, UPS, or Dominos Pizza, the idea that we, as individuals, can receive physical goods from “out there” is something most of us take for granted. American delivery businesses, for the most part, run on oil, […]
In a move benefiting both the environment and its bottom line, UPS purchased 100 fully-electric commercial vehicles for use in its California fleet last month from Electric Vehicles International (EVI).
A mainstream switch to non-petroleum fuels won’t be possible without the support of commercial fleets and over-the-road truck buyers, which account for a huge percentage of total miles driven. These truck fleets depend on a solid infrastructure in order to effectively schedule their job-critical operations, however, and (quite understandably) will hesitate to adopt any alternative […]
The United States Postal Service is headed off a cliff, and – according to the US Government Accountability Office – few are even giving its demise a second thought. That’s the same USPS, by the way, that was once a great source of national pride, that united America’s coasts and transmitted vital information at incredible speeds, […]
Many among the car industry’s “old-guard” kvetch and moan about government-mandated fuel economy goals that force mpg improvements of 10, 15, or 25% compared with current figures (I’m looking at you, “Maximum Bobby” Lutz – it wasn’t that long ago you claimed a 25% improvement was “ridiculous”). UPS, it seems, took a long, hard look […]
Fleet managers rated rising, volatile fuel prices as their top concern for 2011, over driver safety and cost savings, according to a survey conducted by General Electric Capital Fleet Services during the 2011 NAFA Institute and Expo. The survey shows that 28% of the 105 corporate fleet managers they questioned will introduce electric vehicles into […]