May 25, 2011

WHAT CAN LESS BROWN DO?:

The Unbearable Lightness Of UPS's Plastic Trucks (Ariel Schwartz, May 24, 2011, Fast Company)

UPS is also going for a more revolutionary solution: The shipping giant is testing plastic trucks that are supposedly both lighter and more fuel efficient than their sheet-aluminum counterparts.

According to UPS, the diesel trucks come with body panels made out of ABS plastic, which makes them 1,000 pounds lighter than standard trucks. This lightness--and the smaller engine it allows--makes the trucks 40% more fuel efficient, a feature that could save the company 84 million gallons of fuel each year if the technology becomes widespread.


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