The United Parcel Service has announced that it will be ordering 50 hybrid delivery vehicles from International in 2006, each costing approximately twice as much as a normal delivery vehicle. The vehicles will provide an estimated combined fuel savings of 44,000 gallons per year. We're not exactly talking about saving the world, but give UPS credit for doing the right thing, as it's difficult to imagine a better application for hybrid technology. Of note is that these hybrids will employ lithium-ion batteries.
More significant, simply due to the volume of vehicles, is the company's plan to purchase 4,100 high-efficiency trucks, which will save 1.5M gallons annually by providing a 15% decrease in fuel consumption.