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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 Reclaimer77 on 6/1/2011 2:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention "going green" get's you tons of government kickbacks, errr I mean "incentives" and "subsidies".

RE: Good
By ender21 on 6/1/2011 2:38:57 PM , Rating: 1
So does buying an H2. Or have those "subsidies" upwards of $15K expired?

RE: Good
By Spuke on 6/1/2011 3:42:56 PM , Rating: 2
So does buying an H2. Or have those "subsidies" upwards of $15K expired?
There a was government subsidy for H2's?

RE: Good
By cdwilliams1 on 6/1/2011 3:48:04 PM , Rating: 2
There was a government subsidy for work/commercial vehicles. It was intended to help farmers and construction crews purchase new vehicles and get the economy going again after the first bush recession in 2002. The classification between consumer and commercial vehicles was determined only by weight alone. It was a poorly worded bill. The hummer, suburban, and excursion were all so heavy they counted as commercial under this tax code and therefore got an $8k-$15k tax credit.

RE: Good
By Spuke on 6/1/2011 3:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, I remember that. People were buying SUV's and trucks like crazy back then too. Why not? It was $15k cheaper. I hated SUV's back then and even considered getting a Suburban.

RE: Good
By Reclaimer77 on 6/1/2011 3:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
No there wasn't. Ender is stupidly obsessed with H2's for some reason. That's like the fifth time today I've seen him try to tie the H2 into some ridiculous argument.


RE: Good
By SunTzu on 6/2/2011 7:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
Think twice before posting please, everything he said was correct.

RE: Good
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2011 11:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
That wasn't a subsidy to buy an "H2". As someone pointed out there was a subsidy for entire classes of vehicles, and the H2 happened to fall into that. So no, he's not correct. He's deliberately narrowing down the facts to make a one sided emotional argument.

And I'm against subsidies of all kinds. But his argument is a straw man. Throwing up an SUV subsidy when I speak out against an EV subsidy is a straw man and generally a poor debate tactic. Being against one doesn't inversely mean you are for the other. Especially when presented in such a hostile accusatory tone.

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