13 May '11, 6pm

Lightweight @UPS truck loses 1,000 lbs and could reduce emissions 40%!

Lightweight @UPS truck loses 1,000 lbs and could reduce emissions 40%!

UPS recently began testing a new lightweight delivery truck, made from a plastic-like composite material, to see if the new trucks can achieve 40 percent fuel efficiency over current vehicles. Photo: UPS With gas prices on the rise again, UPS is testing a new lightweight delivery truck that could be 40 percent more efficient than its current vehicles. Made from a plastic-like composite material, the new trucks are approximately 1,000 pounds lighter than the shipping company’s traditional trucks and have a smaller, more efficient diesel engine. The new composite trucks offer other benefits in addition to improved fuel economy, UPS says. Manufacturing the new truck uses less energy than producing typical vehicles, and no paints are used, making the new truck’s construction eco-friendly. The truck’s bumpers, fenders and side cladding can be easily replaced if they are damaged...

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