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UPS CV-23 prototype (built by Isuzu/Utilimaster)  (Source: UPS)
"What can green... err brown do for you?"

When much of your operating expenses include fuel to power your delivery vehicles, achieving the maximum fuel economy is always a mission that UPS takes very seriously. The company in the past has looked to hybrid technology that paired an electric motor and batteries with a traditional turbodiesel engine.

This time around, however, UPS is going a much simpler route with a prototype CV-23 delivery truck that is 1,000 pounds lighter than its conventional P70 counterpart according to Jalopnik (the P70 weighs roughly 10,000 pounds). The huge weight savings has plenty of benefits when it comes to fuel efficiency.

First off, UPS is able to use a smaller, 150hp four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission to achieve the same performance as conventional steel-bodied trucks (the P70 uses a 200hp engine according to GreenBiz). Secondly, the reduced weight and smaller engine means that fuel efficiency jumps a whopping 40 percent compared to the P70. UPS reckons that it will save about 84 million gallons of fuel annually as a result.

So how exactly did UPS manage a 1,000-pound weight savings? Utilimaster and Isuzu developed composite body panels that already include UPS’ iconic brown color molded into the plastic, therefore toxic paint isn’t required.

Other new features include LEDs for all exterior lightning (with the exception of the headlights), plastic lower body moldings that are cheaper and easier to repair/replace than steel. 

This "green love fest" isn't without its downsides, however. The CV-23 prototype only has 630 cu ft of cargo space compared to a more generous 700 cu ft for the P70. 

UPS is currently testing its new CV-23 prototypes in Lincoln, Nebraska; Albany, NY; Tucson, AZ; Flint, MI; and Roswell Georgia.



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RE: Good
By Kurz on 6/1/2011 7:55:43 AM , Rating: 3
Being more efficient is only possible if economics make sense.
Hence most people don't put solar panels or Wind turbines on their home, Economics dont make sense.

They only thing you should be hoping for is more advancements in tech and cheaper prices.


RE: Good
By ender21 on 6/1/2011 2:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
Now that's a comment I can get behind. Economies of scale ultimately drive everything. Automobiles were more efficient when they first came to market, but damned if only a few people could own them due to expense. Same with computers.

Thus some adopters, those passionate or wealthy enough, perhaps, have to adopt early enough for such economies of scale to come to fruition. Otherwise it's just a catch-22. I won't buy if it isn't cheap. It isn't cheap because no one's buying.


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