Mail carriers around the world are starting to realize the environmental and economic benefit of adding hybrid and fully-electric vehicles to their fleets. FedEx recently announced that they're greening their vehicles too, but they're approaching this overhaul differently than their peers. Instead of adding new hybrid vehicles to replace a few of their gas-gulping trucks, they're converting older, already-existing trucks into hybrids.
The company chose 92 of its 2000 and 2001 model trucks with 300,000 - 500,000 miles on them to be fitted with new hybrid drivetrains. So, not only does this approach have the benefit of reduced fuel consumption and emissions from those 92 trucks, but it also prevents 92 trucks from ending up in a trash heap.
FedEx says the upgraded trucks will have a 44 percent increase in fuel economy, a 96 percent decrease in particulate matter and a 75 percent decrease in smog-causing emissions like NOx. The trucks will be used on routes in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
We are major advocates of retrofitting the old to make it new and longer-lasting and sincerely hope that this way of cleaning up a fleet becomes a trend rather than just an exception.
via Good Clean Tech
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