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.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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