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
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.