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By Samuel R. Avro on Jan 22, 2009 with no responses

Coca Cola Deploys Largest Hybrid Electric Delivery Trucks in N. America

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As part of its commitment to energy conservation and climate change, Coca Cola is adding another 185 hybrid electric vehicles to its existing fleet.

Coca Cola has announced that it will begin rolling out 185 hybrid electric trucks across the United States and Canada in 2009, bringing their total hybrid fleet to 327 diesel-electric trucks – the largest such fleet in North America.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the company with an award for their commitment to hybrid vehicles in an effort to reduce diesel emissions.

“EPA is proud to recognize the efforts of Coca-Cola Enterprises to improve air quality and protect public health. Emissions from diesel engines are a serious public health threat and environmental challenge, and reducing these emissions is a priority for EPA,” said EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg.

The Atlanta-based company currently operates 142 hybrid electric delivery vehicles, the majority of which are 12-bay box trucks (33000 gross vehicle weight).

“With the deployment of our newer, larger hybrid delivery vehicles, CCE is continuing to explore ways to help our customers and communities through our corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts. These efforts help us capture operational efficiencies, drive innovation and effectiveness, and eliminate waste while simultaneously protecting the environment,” said Coca Cola Chairman and CEO John Brock.

A motor/generator, working with the transmission and a series of lithium ion batteries, allows the truck to source electrical power instead of gas when traveling at speeds below 30 MPH, reducing emissions and fuel use, the company said in a press release.

Coke launched a new, larger hybrid electric tractor (55000 gross combination vehicle), which is the standard bulk delivery truck the company uses for large deliveries. The company, which operates in more than 200 countries worldwide, says that the new hybrid tractor uses about 30 percent less fuel and produces about 30 percent fewer emissions than standard tractors.