UPS buys plastic-bodied trucks

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UPS has purchased 150 CV-23 plastic-bodied delivery trucks which are 40 per cent more fuel efficient than the traditional UPS P70 diesel vehicles.

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The composite cars weigh some 400kg less than the previous P70 trucks, and will be deployed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The CV-23 has150-horsepower, an Isuzu four-cylinder diesel engine and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The engine is smaller than a traditional UPS diesel engine with the goal that the smaller engine will use less fuel during daily operations.

UPS had run trials in five extreme markets for a year from April 2011.

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