29 May '11, 3pm

UPS Testing High-MPG Composite Vans (video): Many among the car industry’s “old-guard” kvetch and moan about go...

UPS has agreed to test five new CV-23 prototype vehicles from Utilimaster / Isuzu to see if they can meet the demands of UPS’s operating needs. The testing for these vehicles begins in April 2011 and will conclude at the end of December 2011. The goal is to see if the CV-23 withstands the rigors of UPS’s daily delivery routes while achieving a 40 percent increase in fuel efficiency over the UPS P70 diesel package car. UPS sees this vehicle as traditionally fueled , with an alternative design for both its engine and chassis. The 150-horsepower truck utilizes an Isuzu four-cylinder diesel engine and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The engine is smaller than a traditional UPS diesel engine and the hope is the smaller engine will sip less fuel during daily operations. The Utilimaster / Isuzu CV-23 has 630 cubic feet of cargo space compared to 700 cubic feet in the P7...

Full article: http://gas2.org/2011/05/29/ups-testing-high-mpg-composite...

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