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Sunday, October 31, 2010

FedEx Opens Solar-Powered Hub at Cologne Bonn Airport

FedEx has opened the company’s second FedEx Express solar-powered hub at the Cologne Bonn Airport and its fifth solar facility in operation. FedEx broke ground on the new Central and Eastern Europe in 2008.

FedEx says the Cologne hub is one of its most modern hubs in the world. The roof features the largest FedEx Express solar power installation worldwide and represents one of the largest rooftop solar installations in North Rhine-Westphalia, with an area of 16,000 square meters, producing about 800,000 kilowatt hours per year.

In April, FedEx unveiled its 2.42 megawatt solar installation across 3.3 acres of rooftop space at the FedEx Ground Woodbridge distribution hub in New Jersey. It’s claimed as the largest solar installation in the country. The installation will meet about 30 percent of the facilities energy needs.

Including the Cologne hub, the five on-line FedEx solar facilities will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by a projected 3,918 metric tons.

FedEx also recently added all-electric delivery vehicles in Paris and Los Angeles, building on its existing all-electric delivery vehicles in London. The integration of all-electric vehicles is part of the company’s pledge to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its aircraft fleet by 20 percent per available ton mile by 2020.                        Courtesy of Environmental Leader

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

GE to buy 'tens of thousands' of Electric Cars

General Electric may jump-start the electric-vehicle industry with an order that CEO Jeffrey Immelt said will be the largest in history.

GE, whose power-generation equipment provides a third of the world’s electricity, will order “tens of thousands” of the vehicles in about a week, Immelt said in a speech in London, without giving a total or identifying a manufacturer.

Expanding the world’s fleet of electric vehicles would bolster GE as it expands clean-energy technology such as car chargers, solar panels and wind turbines. For every dollar of electric-vehicle sales, GE estimates it may get 10 cents in revenue, spokesman Gary Sheffer said.

Immelt said Thursday that half of GE’s sales force of about 45,000 will drive electric vehicles. The Fairfield, Conn., company also has a vehicle-leasing division through its GE Capital finance unit. Financial terms and other details about the order aren’t yet being disclosed, GE said.  See Full Story

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Daimler, Walmart Team Up on Hybrid Truck

Daimler Trucks North America announced Monday that it has partnered with Walmart to build a hybrid electric truck, the first fruit of a new, long-term partnership between the two companies to develop green technologies.

The diesel-equipped truck features a parallel hybrid system based on an electric second axle. The system uses advanced battery storage technology.

Walmart is a long-time customer of Portland-based Daimler Trucks North America and will act as an engineering partner to the company going forward.

"Walmart is partnering with our suppliers like Daimler Trucks North America to develop technologies that will improve the efficiency and lessen the impact of our operations. These partnerships help to prove out these technologies and speed up the time to market," said Chris Sultemeier, senior vice president of transportation for Walmart, in a press release.  Courtesy of Sustainable Business Oregon

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Biggest Solar Project In World To Be Approved By Obama Administration For California

The Obama Administration is set to announce approval of a thousand-megawatt solar project on federal land in southern California, the largest in a series of solar projects given the go-ahead in recent weeks.

The Interior Department has approved a permit for what will be the world's biggest solar power plant, on federal land in the desert near Blythe, Calif., 225 miles east of Los Angeles, according to Obama administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

The $6 billion project is being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer. At peak output, the solar farm could generate enough clean electricity to power more than 300,000 homes, according to project developers.  Source:  huffingtonpost

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kohl’s, Motorola, TD Bank, Whole Foods Named as EPA Green Power Partners of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of the agency’s 10th annual Green Power Leadership awards that honor 18 Green Power Partners in four categories: Green Power Partners, Green Power Purchasing, On-Site Generation, and new this year, Green Power Community of the Year.

Together, these award winners are using more than 5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 700,000 vehicles, according to the EPA.

EPA has named Kohl’s Department Stores, Motorola, TD Bank, and Whole Foods Market as Green Power Partners of the Year for their achievements in using green power and cutting GHG emissions.

Here’s why these four companies top the list.

Kohl’s increased its green power purchase from 2009 to 2010 by 60 percent from approximately 850 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to more than 1.3 billion kWh, achieving 100 percent green power use. Kohl’s also tops the EPA’s Top 20 Retail List and National Top 50 Purchasers List.

Kohl’s is one of the world’s largest retail solar hosts, with almost 100 solar systems activated in California, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. The company retains renewable energy certificates (RECs) for one-third of these installations. Ten additional systems are under construction. Kohl’s activated solar arrays provide 20 to 40 percent of the power to each store, generating approximately 15 million kWh of green power annually.

Motorola joined the Green Power Partnership in 2009 and has already increased its REC purchase by more than 50 percent, from approximately 78 million kWh to 119 million kWh. Motorola’s green power purchase represents more than 30 percent of its United States electricity use, which also earned the company a spot on the EPA’s National Top 50 Purchasers List.

In 2010, TD Bank purchased more than 240 million kilowatt-hours RECs. These wind-derived RECs supply 100 percent of the bank’s electricity needs. TD Bank’s purchase ranks among the top 20 in the Green Power Partnership.

Whole Foods Market was the first Fortune 500 company to purchase wind power for 100 percent of its electricity use across its United States operations, according to the EPA. In 2010, the retail chain increased its purchase to 815 million kilowatt-hours of wind-based RECs. The retailer also topped the EPA’s National Top 50 Purchasers List and Top 20 Retail List.

While the majority of Whole Foods Market’s green power consists of RECs, green power is produced through solar systems located on a distribution center and 14 retail stores across the nation. The retailer also has installed fuel cell systems at two of its stores, and is installing a 100 percent bio-fuel generator at one of its commissaries, and is evaluating on-site wind.

Other winners by category include:

–Green Power Purchasing: BD, BNY Mellon, Carnegie Mellon University, Chicago Public Schools, Harris Bank, Indianapolis Zoo, Intel, Pearson, Port of Portland, and the State of Illinois

–On-site Generation: City of San Francisco and Phoenix Press

–Green Power Communities of the Year Award: Park City, Utah and, Corvallis, Oregon
Courtesy  of  Environmental Leader

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Protecting Our Planet, Air Force Solar Energy Use On Rise

Air Force engineers are planning to outdo the 14.2-megawatt solar array spanning 140 acres at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nev., which has held the title of the largest renewable-energy project in the Air Force, with plans to build three new solar arrays by 2013 that are as big as or bigger than the Nellis project. In addition to Nellis AFB, Davis Monthan AFB and Luke AFB, both in Arizona, are planning expansive solar arrays.

Davis-Monthan AFB plans to purchase electricity from a 14.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar array to be built and operated by SunEdison on 130 acres of base property. The array is expected to deliver 35 percent of the energy needed to operate base facilities. The solar project initially was reported in June as being as big as 20 megawatts.

Luke AFB has teamed up with Arizona Public Service Company to build a 15-megawatt solar array on 100 acres of base property, which was originally estimated at 17-megawatts. The project could produce enough energy to satisfy 50 percent of the base’s energy needs and save up to $10 million on utility bills over 25 years.

In addition, Air Combat Command and Nellis AFB leaders have plans to construct a 17-megawatt phase-two project in 2012 to add to the 14.2-megawatt array built in 2007.

Earlier in October, the U.S. military announced plans to use renewable sources for 50 percent of its power by 2020, with the Marines leading the charge in the battlefield, reports Popular Science.

The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines are the first to bring renewable energy tech including solar panels, solar chargers and solar tents to a battle zone, reports Popular Science. The military hopes this will serve as a model for the future.

Last year, the U.S. military launched several “green” initiatives including solar and wind projects that officials estimate could save millions, reduce their environmental footprint and save lives in war zones where fuel convoys are frequent targets.  Courtesy of Environmental Leader

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Wal-Mart to boost buying from small and local farms

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to double the sales of fresh produce from local farms in its United States stores by the end of 2015, part of a strategy to revamp its global produce supply chain.

The world's largest retailer said it would also sell more than $1 billion each year in food from one million small and medium-sized farms in emerging markets by the end of 2015. That would help increase income for those farmers 10 percent to 15 percent in the same time frame, Wal-Mart said.

In the United States, Wal-Mart said its plans for supporting local agriculture would lift local produce to 9 percent of total produce sales in the country. Wal-Mart does not give a dollar figure for total produce sales.

Wal-Mart also said it will require that palm oil from sustainable sources be used in all of its private-label products by the end of 2015. The company sells hundreds of products that use palm oil. Environmentalists argue some producers add to global warming by felling forests.

Using locally sourced agriculture and supporting small farms is one way to preserve local jobs and prevent dwindling farmland from being lost, according to environmentalists and other groups. It can also help reduce the use of resources such as fuel to transport food over long distances.

Wal-Mart joins a growing list of corporate and charitable organizations lending support to sustainable agriculture programs and small and local farmers.

Backers of such programs include the United States Agency for International Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a host of corporations, including DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland.

The focus comes as the United Nations warns that the global population is estimated to jump roughly 50 percent to 9.2 billion by 2050, which will require broad public and private initiatives to boost agricultural productivity and nutrition without use of additional environmental resources.

"Wal-Mart, they are a very big outfit. If they require their suppliers to meet sustainability requirements, that will have significant implications," said Bill Lesher, executive director of the Global Harvest Initiative consortium of corporations focused on increasing agricultural production.

"It will benefit large farmers, small farmers, it will be helpful to everyone," Mr. Lesher said.

Wal-Mart has sought to reduce the environmental harm posed by its business by pushing suppliers to cut package sizes and encouraging consumers to buy energy-efficient light bulbs. It has also cut down on fossil fuels in its supply chain.

The moves have helped Wal-Mart improve an image tarnished by accusations of unfair treatment of employees and the threat its stores pose to small local retail businesses.

As part of the plan announced on Thursday, Wal-Mart said it will spend more than $1 billion on improvements in its global fresh supply chain to move fresh food to stores more quickly.

Wal-Mart aims to reduce food waste in emerging market stores by 15 percent and in stores in other markets 10 percent by 2015.

The company is also looking to help protect the Amazon rainforest by only buying beef from producers that do not contribute to deforestation, Wal-Mart said.

The Brazilian government, at the prompting of conservationists, has cracked down in recent years on slaughterhouses that buy cattle raised on illegally deforested pasture in the Amazon. The industry has been slowly moving toward ear-tag chips to expand traceability to most of the country's roughly 200 million head of cattle.

The plans were announced by Wal-Mart chief executive Mike Duke at the company's sustainability milestone meeting.  Courtesy of ECOSEED

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Starbucks Moves Ahead with ‘Green’ Strategy despite Cost

As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) releases an energy-savings guide to help quick-service restaurants reduce their energy use by 50 percent, Starbucks continues to move ahead with plans to make the restaurant chain’s stores environmentally friendly.

Starbucks is part of a growing trend by retailers to reduce their impact on the environment despite the initial cost premium for their efforts, reports The Washington Post.

About 1,300 retail locations have enrolled in the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program through September, compared with 900 for all of last year, and represent about eight percent of all 6,000 buildings that are LEED certified, according to The Washington Post.

Starbucks strategy calls for 50 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources and to achieve LEED certification for all of its “ground-up” sites worldwide. The company is one of several working with USGBC on a new certification program that offers operators the option of pursuing the designation for multiple properties at once, reports The Washington Post.

Starbucks will build or renovate 10 test stores around the world as part of the test program.

Starbucks would not reveal to the newspaper how much the green retrofits cost other than noting “it has been pricey.” However, the restaurant chain expects to achieve a full return on investment for these projects in a few years.

To help restaurants reduce their energy consumption, the DOE and its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have released a technical report that provides recommendations on how to achieve up to 50 percent energy savings in quick-service restaurants.

The guide, “Technical Support Document: 50% Energy Savings for Quick-Service Restaurants” (PDF), provides a number of energy-efficiency measures that cut energy use in quick-service restaurants by up to 50 percent compared to a baseline standard in less than five years. The 50 percent goal covers the reduction of site energy use in all eight U.S. climate zones.

PNNL used EnergyPlus, an energy simulation program, to determine the energy savings provided by the energy-efficiency measures. The prototype 2,500-sq.-ft. building model was analyzed across all U.S. climate zones, which were divided into 16 representative climate cities.

The report also provides an estimate of the incremental first costs and simple payback years.

Some of the energy-efficiency measures include the following:

–Ultra-efficient cooking appliances that reduced kitchen exhaust air flow

–An optimized HVAC system configuration to better utilize a dedicated outdoor air system and runaround coil loop heat recovery

–Efficient exterior and interior lighting with dimming controls in the dining room

–Enhanced insulation, cool roofs, and high-performance window glazing

The DOE says the 50 percent savings report will provide the foundation for the next series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs), which are “how-to” guides that show architects, engineers, and building designers how to achieve above-code energy performance for buildings using existing technologies available today.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) works in collaboration with DOE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the U.S. Green Building Council to develop and publish the free design guides.

The DOE has published guides in several categories for commercial buildings. For example, in September, DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released two technical reports that provide recommendations on how to achieve 50 percent energy savings in new and existing large office buildings and large hospitals.   Courtesy of Environmental Leader

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Friday, October 8, 2010

IKEA Claims Largest Retail Rooftop Solar Installation in Canada

IKEA Canada claims its new solar initiative will make it the first retailer to exclusively own, install and operate what will be the largest rooftop solar panel network in Ontario under the feed-in tariff (FIT) program. The retailer will invest $4.6 million to install rooftop solar panels at three of its Ontario stores in Etobicoke, North York and Vaughan. They are expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

IKEA Canada says it will currently own what is believed to be the largest rooftop solar installation by a retailer in Canada.

In total, the three stores will install 3,790 solar panels, which will generate a total of about 960,000 kWh per year of renewable energy that will be fed back into the grid.

IKEA Canada will use SANYO HIT Power solar panels and has selected AMP Solar for the installations at all three locations. The retailer has received contracts from the Ontario Power Authority and qualifies for the FIT program under Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

These Ontario installations will help IKEA meet its global commitment of 150 solar installations over the next three years. IKEA customers will have access to real-time energy production information, and will be able to quantify carbon emission reductions via in-store kiosks.

In the U.S., IKEA plans to install a solar energy system that will generate about one million kWh of electricity at its retail store in Tempe, Arizona. Scheduled to start in May, the 46,000-sq.-ft. installation will consist of two 300-kWh systems, each built with approximately 1,300 panels (for a total 2,600).

This is IKEA’s third solar project in the U.S. One system is operational in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the other installation is underway in Brooklyn, N.Y.    Courtesy of Environmental Leader

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chili’s Touts Largest U.S. Roll-Out of LED Lamps

Chili’s Restaurant touts it is rolling out the largest U.S. installation of LED lamps, reports LEDS Magazine. The restaurant chain is in the process of installing 125,000 LED lamps for both interior and exterior lighting across all of its 827 restaurants. The installation is about 80 percent complete.

Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s Restaurants and Maggiano’s Restaurants, has recently installed LED lighting from Eco-story LED Lighting Solutions as part of a re-lamp project in all of its corporate restaurants, according to LEDS Magazine.

Eco-story claims this will be “the largest U.S. roll-out of LED lamp technology to date.

Brinker estimates that the LED lighting installations will save about $87.00 per store/per week, which translates into a savings of more than $3.7 million annually for 827 stores, according to the article.

Kevin Falconer, Brinker’s senior director of design told LEDS Magazine that the LED lamps are also improving the look and ambiance of the Chili’s restaurants. The lamps emit a warm-white light with a color temperature of 2700K, and are built using Cree XLamp LEDs.

A variety of lamp types have been retrofitted including the replacement of older lamps ranging from 30 W to 50 W with 4.9 W LED MR16s. Also replaced were 60 W PAR20 and PAR30 lamps with 6 W LED products. The restaurants also replaced candle bulbs and indoor/outdoor globe lights.

Other restaurant chains that have made the switch to LED lighting to save money and cut energy use include Applebee’s and Red Robin Restaurants.  Courtesy of Environmental Leader

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Solar Power Coming to the White House

Solar panels and a solar hot water heater will soon be installed at the White House, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday.

Chu announced the conversion at the 2010 GreenGov Symposium in Washington, accompanied by Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the Council of Environmental Quality.

"This project reflects President Obama's strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home," Chu said in a written statement released by the Energy Department. "Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come."

By installing the solar panels on the White House, Sutley said the president is underscoring a commitment to "lead, and the promise and importance of renewable energy in the United States."

The solar panel system, which should be installed by next spring, will convert sunlight directly to electricity, while the solar hot water heater will have a solar collector facing the sun to heat water for use in the White House residence. The Energy Department said a competitive procurement process will be used to select the company that will make the installations.

This is not the first time solar energy has been tapped at the White House. Former President Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House residence during his term. They were removed during the Reagan administration. Former President George W. Bush also used solar energy to help power a maintenance building on the White House grounds, and to assist in heating the swimming pool there.

The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of an executive order signed by the president that called on the federal government to lead in the establishment of a clean energy economy.
Courtesy of CNN

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Gov. Brewer Dedicates $2 Million in Support of Advance Algae Technologies

Arizona is poised to become a major player in the multi-billion dollar algae-biofuel industry, and Governor Jan Brewer dedicated two million dollars to support important research and development that promises to develop alternative fuels and propel the state's economy into the future.

Several hundred of the world's leading energy scientists and industry representatives gathered for the announcement during the Algal Biomass Organization's national conference, which is taking place this week in Phoenix.

"Our state has the potential to be a national and global leader in algae research and biotechnology, reducing America's dependence on fossil fuel while increasing opportunities in a new industry that will create promising new jobs for Arizonans," said Governor Brewer. "Science Foundation Arizona funded early state work in Algal research; now combined with excellence at ASU, our state will build on this important research and commercialization opportunity."

In awarding the funding, Governor Brewer called on Science Foundation Arizona to lead the state effort in support of a new Arizona Center for Algae Technologies and Innovations.

"We thank Governor Brewer for her leadership and dedication to innovative technologies - this infusion of funding to the AzCATI will go a long way toward moving Arizona into the forefront for ‘green' technologies research and development, eventually bringing these products to market," said William C. Harris, president and CEO of Science Foundation Arizona. "Arizona has the potential to become the hub of all sustainable industries, particularly when there is this type of public support."

Research and development with algae provides a 21st-century alternative fuel source to power cars, trucks and planes. Researchers at Arizona State University are at the forefront of developing new methods to extract oil-rich algae strains and turn it into biodiesel and aviation fuel.

"ASU has emerged as one of the leading national centers on algae research," said Rick Shangraw, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. "ASU has the research expertise and capabilities to influence advances in algal technologies to realize large-scale production of algae-derived fuel in the near future."

"Arizona's future is bright green and it's because algae innovations are going to help clean air and water, fuel transportation, feed livestock, and grow good jobs," said Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Benjamin H. Grumbles.

Funding for this project is derived from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) discretionary monies are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Courtesy of White Mountain Independent

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Verizon, UPS Expand their ‘Green’ Fleets

Verizon and UPS are both expanding their hybrid fleets in the U.S. While Verizon plans to add more than 260 hybrid vehicles in New Jersey, UPS is rolling out 160 additional hybrids in New York, New Jersey and California. Freightliner also launches its next-generation of all-electric walk-in delivery vans.

Verizon’s new hybrid vehicles are part of the 1,600 alternative-energy vehicles that the company plans to add to its fleet across the country this year. These will include Toyota hybrid sedans, Chevrolet hybrid pickup trucks and unique “mild hybrid” aerial fiber splicing trucks.

The Chevrolet hybrid pickups will be used by FiOS and traditional telephone customer-service technicians and are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 43 percent compared to the vans they will replace.

The aerial fiber splicing trucks are equipped with an aerial lift device, or “bucket,” for aerial line work and an environmentally controlled body compartment for splicing fiber-optic cable. The lift, splicing equipment and climate controls are powered by lithium-ion batteries, eliminating the need for a gasoline- or diesel-powered generator. This will save approximately one gallon of petroleum fuel consumption per hour of operation and reduce six to 12 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually per aerial truck, depending on use.

Verizon says it used this “mild hybrid” solution because conventional hybrid technology offers little benefit for equipment such as aerial splicer trucks with typically low-mileage drive cycles.

In July, Verizon added 576 Chevrolet Silverado Two-Mode Hybrid full-size pickups in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet vehicles.

Verizon employees also have also been reducing CO2 emissions by cutting engine idling times. Since 2008, Verizon employees have conserved more than 2.7 million gallons of fuel.

UPS also is beefing up its hybrid fleet. The package delivery company is adding 130 hybrid electric vehicles to its growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs), which will be deployed next year, with 30 slated for New York and New Jersey and 100 to California.

UPS estimates these vehicles will save 66,085 gallons of fuel and 671 metric tonnes of CO2 annually, representing a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy.

UPS operates one of the largest private fleets of alternative-fuel vehicles in the transportation industry with 2,022 vehicles in total. The company has invested more than $25 million to develop its AFV fleet, which also includes other fuels such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane and all-electric. The fleet is deployed in eight countries in addition to the U.S., and since 2000, has traveled 185 million miles.

In June, UPS announced it was putting 200 new hybrid electric trucks into service across eight U.S. cities in an effort to reduce fuel consumption.

Earlier in the year, UPS deployed 245 new delivery trucks fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG) to cities in Colorado and California, and 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Minneapolis and Louisville.

UPS says it was the first package delivery company to introduce a hybrid electric vehicle into daily operation with a research program in early 1998. Currently, there are 250 UPS HEV delivery vehicles operating in the United States.

The new vehicles’ hybrid electric power system uses a conventional diesel engine combined with a battery pack, which saves fuel and reduces emissions. The energy generated from braking is captured and returned to the battery as electricity. The combination of clean diesel power and electric power, supplemented by regenerative braking, allows significant improvements in fuel savings and emissions reductions, according to UPS.

The HEV fleet features two different size vehicles from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) and a hybrid drive system from Eaton Corporation. The external truck bodies are identical to UPS’s other signature brown trucks, with the exception of additional labeling that identifies them as hybrid electrics.

FCCC, together with Morgan Olson, recently launched the next-generation all-electric walk-in van that features new exterior and interior body styling. The companies say the MT-EV WIV features a lightweight, aerodynamic design for improved efficiency.

Introduced at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF), the new MT-EV is built of lightweight, durable composites that are completely recyclable, and the instrumentation panel within the cab incorporates automotive styling and adds additional features that constantly monitor the EV operating system to provide the driver information, such as the battery state of charge data. The vehicle performance gauge also is included to assist the driver in the operation of the vehicle.

The MT-EV all-electric chassis uses Enova Systems’ 120kW all-electric drive system technology and is powered by Tesla Motors’ lithium-ion batteries. The battery packs provide up to a 100-mile driving range on a single charge, making it suitable for pickup and delivery applications. The battery pack will charge from fully depleted to fully charged in six to eight hours.

In addition, the vehicle charging system is incorporated into the overall operating system so no exterior devices are required to charge the truck. The batteries also capture and store energy during the regenerative braking phase of the vehicle’s operation.    Courtesy  Environmental Leader

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