UPS rolls out trucks with new hybrid tech
UPS has unveiled some new delivery trucks that use a hydraulic-based hybrid technology that can increase fuel efficiency by 60-70% during in-town driving. The technology was apparently designed by the EPA in conjunction with an outfit called FEV Engine Technology. I wish there was more detail in the articles I found about how exactly this works, but it seems it gets the energy from braking. I am very, very curious now, especially since these trucks are diesel – which means they could be run on biodiesel, making them pollute even less.
This is what it is going to take to bring “greener” transportation technology – major corporations fed up with how much they have to pay in fuel costs, pushing for and financing new technologies. You and I bitching won’t move a damn thing, because the oil companies feel they have us in a chokehold, and while the car manufacturers continue to collude with them, they almost do. But when other big business bankrolls the research, they won’t be able to control it so easily.
If this new hydraulic technology is anywhere near affordable, I hope it will find its way into mainstream, consumer trucks. My mega-huge, old Suburban produces about 60% of the amount of pollution that a Toyota Prius does, because I run it on biodiesel. If tech like this were built into it, that number would be more like 25 or 30%.
Of course, I’ll have to wait until more is published on this before I can really get behind it. Every alternative seems to have a drawback. I suspect the drawback on this one will be price.