Over the past year, UPS and EVI
have worked to develop the zero-emissions vehicle - the EVI-WI - to meet the
needs of the parcel delivery service industry. The EVI-WI is built on a glider
produced by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. The chases is then equipped with
an Utilimaster body.
Earlier this year, EVI received
California Air Resource Board (CARB) approval for the EVI-WI. This will allow
customers who purchase the EVI-WI to take advantage of a $20,000 CARB rebate
through the Hybrid Truck and Bus Inventive Project.
Both UPS and EVI have a long
history of efforts to reduce energy consumption. UPS says it has been
supporting alternative fuel technologies since the 1930s. The carrier currently
operates 2,000 alternative-fuel vehicles worldwide that are powered by a
variety of hybrid, electric and natural gas technologies. EVI has been
manufacturing zero-emission, all-electric power trains for 20 years, according
to the company.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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