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UPS Adding 40 Hydraulic Hybrids

October 7, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FCCC Chassis with Parker Drives for Baltimore and Atlanta

UPS is adding 40 new Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp vehicles with series hydraulic hybrid drivelines by Parker Hannifin – 20 “immediately” in Baltimore and 20 more in Atlanta by year-end.

UPS is deploying 20 delivery trucks with hydraulic hybrid drivetrains by Parker Hannifin in Atlanta, and 20 in Baltimore.

The company’s new package cars can achieve up to 35% improved fuel economy with a carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 30% as compared with conventional diesel vehicles with automatic transmissions in stop-and-go applications.

The new Baltimore and Atlanta deployments were supported in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, UPS says, noting that it currently has an HHV in operation in Laguna Hills, Calif., “and has been working closely with manufacturers to develop and test HHV technology since 2006.”

(Plans for the 20 HHVs for Baltimore were previously disclosed as part of MHTI, the  the Maryland Hybrid Truck Initiative, detailed by F&F on January 31, 2011.)

Engines Run Time Slashed

“Our long-term goal is to minimize our dependence on foreign energy and one way we will get there is through the deployment of a wide variety of technologies and designs in our fleet,” UPS director of alternative fuel vehicle engineering Mike Britt said in a release.

UPS operates CNG vehicles too.

“As early adopters of this technology, we are very pleased with the significant fuel economy and emission reductions that come from the HHVs,” he said.

UPS explains the technology: “The HHVs operate on two power sources – a fuel-efficient diesel combustion engine and advanced series hydraulic hybrid. Energy created by the vehicle’s continued braking action is stored in the HHV’s hydraulic high-pressure accumulator, similar to what is done with electric motors and batteries in a hybrid electric vehicle.

“The HHV has a function to turn off the engine and drive the vehicle using the stored energy to propel the vehicle. This engine-off strategy can reduce up to 90 minutes of engine run time on a typical route.

“Because the HHVs efficiency relies on constant braking, the vehicles are best suited for urban routes, which typically involve frequent stopping and starting,” UPS says.

FCCC’s Expectation? ‘Outstanding Bottom Line Results’

“We fully anticipate that Parker’s Hydraulic Hybrid technology for package delivery will provide outstanding bottom line results and support UPS’s commitment towards a sustainable future,” Parker hybrid drive systems division GM Shane Terblanche says in the UPS announcement.

“The HHV is ideal,” said Mike Stark, senior technical sales manager, national accounts, for FCCC.

In addition to the HHVs, UPS says it currently operates 2,593 vehicles powered by alternative fuels or technologies, including hybrid electric, electric, LNG-liquefied natural gas, CNG-compressed natural gas, biomethane and propane.

Through 2011, the company says, “UPS’s alternative fuel and technology fleet has logged more than 240 million miles and is well on track to reach the company’s goal of 400 million miles by 2017.

The 40 HHV deployments by UPS are backed by U.S. Department of Energy ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funding. Grants were secured with the help of GNA, Southern California’s Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.


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