April 6, 2010 1:30 PM, EDT

UPS Deploys 200 Hybrid Delivery Trucks

UPS Inc. said Tuesdsay it has added 200 hybrid electric delivery trucks to its fleet in eight U.S. cities.

UPS expects the vehicles to reduce fuel consumption by 176,000 gallons per year compared with conventional diesel trucks, and will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released by 1,768 metric tons per year.

The trucks join about 20,000 other low-emission and alternative fuel vehicles in the UPS fleet, the carrier said.

The vehicles come from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. and feature hybrid engines from Eaton Corp. They use lithium ion batteries and regenerative braking in addition to the standard hybrid power system.

The truck bodies look identical to other the carrier’s trucks, UPS said.

UPS is ranked No. 1 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.