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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 ender21 on 6/1/2011 2:37:38 PM , Rating: 0
Since when can people/companies only have ONE reason for doing something? I have solar on the roof of my house, yet it's inadequate for our family's power consumption. I would like to add enough panels that I have a surplus every year. It's financially not doable for me. However, when it becomes financially doable, I'd like to do it for two reaons: 1. Money savings over time since I may be in this house until retirement. 2. Cleaner energy than I'd be getting otherwise.

Was that so hard?

@Kurz, I was with you as having merely a somewhat disagreeing opinion until you said the general population shouldn't care about the environment. Now you just sound like an idiot.


RE: Good
By Spuke on 6/1/2011 3:22:24 PM , Rating: 4
He didn't say shouldn't, he said doesn't. What's hard to understand is how buying more stuff shows you care about the environment. If you care, buy less stuff, take care of what you have. Buy used cars, used clothes, used homes. If you want to go solar or wind, buy used one's off of Craigslist or ebay. Less impact.

IMO, I don't think it's about caring for the environment, I think it's about LOOKING like you care. Else, there wouldn't be so many arguments about what people drive. What you drive is only part of the story and a small part at that. I still see a 1000 kWh per MONTH average (LOL!) energy usage for the typical American family so as far as I'm concerned, all of this so-called "care" is just a lot of hot air.


RE: Good
By YashBudini on 6/1/2011 6:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
He didn't say shouldn't, he said doesn't.

Actually he said both

quote:
The general population doesnt care nearly as much for the environment as you do. Nor should they.


quote:
I think it's about LOOKING like you care.

In reality they are saying they don't know what to do and require guidance. Or it implies they never have the time or desire to actually think about it.

Also if people shouldn't care at all, as initially implied, that means someone else will make the decision for you. Who will that be? Government? The corporations trying to churn a profit?

quote:
all of this so-called "care" is just a lot of hot air.

Well don't just sit there man, pipe it into a heat exchanger or blow it against some thermocouples.


RE: Good
By Kurz on 6/1/2011 9:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
Nope I didn't say shouldn't, I merely was explaining why should everyone care as much for the environment as he does.

I care about the environment though I place Human needs/desires over that of the planet. If there is a win/win situation I don't see the problem with it.


RE: Good
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 12:45:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I didn't say shouldn't

quote:
The general population doesnt care nearly as much for the environment as you do. Nor should they .

Nor should they = shouldn't.


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