NREL Helping Delivery Cos. Switch to Hybrids

Federally funded lab in Golden, Colorado evaluating performance of heavy-duty hybrids.

Published: 03-Jan-2011

GOLDEN, CO - Delivery companies like FedEx and UPS are starting to gravitate to hybrid delivery trucks as a way to save money and help the environment.

The federally funded lab is evaluating how heavy-duty hybrid vehicles perform, gathering hundreds of data points including GPS coordinates, fuel economy and battery temperatures.

Kevin Walkowicz is a senior project leader with the lab. He says the goal is to compare the new models with the more conventional ones, considering costs for maintenance, reliability and emissions.

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