This comes from the Environmental Defense Fund newsletter.
Today, April 1, 2011, President Obama is visiting a UPS facility in Landover, MD, to highlight the Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets Partnership program, which promotes environmentally friendly and fuel efficient delivery trucks.
EDF played an important role in inspiring this national program. In 2003, we partnered with FedEx Express and Eaton Corporation to develop and deploy the first ever “street-ready” low-emission, hybrid electric powered delivery vehicle, which:
- Improved fuel efficiency by 50%,
- Reduced smog-causing emissions by 75%, and
- Decreased particulate emissions by 90%.
Today, hybrids appear in hundreds of corporate fleets, sporting logos like UPS, Coca-Cola and the U.S. Postal Service, and our partnership has paved the way for a new generation of even cleaner trucks that will bear little resemblance to the fossil-fuel-dependent behemoths of the past.
This is important for our clean air and climate future. Large diesel trucks and buses release 7% of America’s global warming pollution, a third of the pollution that causes smog, and a quarter of the soot emissions that contribute to diseases like asthma and cancer.
Now the “Clean Fleet” movement is taking hold.
We helped shape EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign—funded in 2010 to the tune of $60 million a year—which enables fleet owners to offset 25% of the cost of new hybrids. And we put our efforts behind incentive programs in 15 states, including a $25 million program in California that will help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Thanks in part to these incentives, thousands of hybrid trucks now travel America’s roads, with more coming off the assembly line all the time. All of this is revolutionizing the industry, bringing the scale of production to levels that are erasing the cost differential for hybrid trucks.