Stuttgart, Germany – Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), a division of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), has received its largest order of alternative commercial vehicles to date from UPS. The order consists of 200 hybrid electric vehicles and 300 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for use by the courier company in the United States.

The environmentally-friendly vehicles are part of Daimler’s worldwide “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative and will function alongside UPS’ current fleet of conventional diesel powertrain vehicles. They are scheduled to be delivered in 2009.

“This order reflects the proven durability, reliability and cost benefits of operating DTNA’s alternative-fuel vehicles,” said Mike Stark, FCCC Senior Technical Sales Manager of National Accounts. “The technology is available now to begin to achieve both the environmental and fuel economy goals to meet our customer’s operational requirements.”

FCCC is the first manufacturer in the industry to introduce hybrid commercial vehicles into fleet operations, with over 160 in service since 2004, along with 1,000 CNG chassis since 2000. The hybrid vehicles combine a diesel engine with electric motor and achieve over 40 per cent improvement in fuel economy and over 90 per cent reduction in emissions, compared to baseline non-hybrid vehicles.

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