UPS is faced with the task of trying to deliver packages in the most cost-effective way possible. In 2010, they announced a lofty goal. They vowed to increase the fuel efficiency of its fleet by 20 percent before the year 2020. The easiest path to achieving this is combining trucks powered by natural gas with ones that are hybrid electric.
They have chosen an alternative path for the time being, and are unveiling a lighter and much more fuel-efficient plastic truck. UPS says that these diesel trucks are made from ABS plastic and are over 1,000 pounds lighter than their traditional trucks.
The smaller engine and weight difference make the vehicle 40 percent more efficient, a benefit that can save over 80 million gallons of fuel every year.