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Coke To Add 120 Hybrid-Electric Trucks In 2008

Coca-Cola Enterprises has added five hybrid-electric trucks to their distribution center in the Bronx. The Bronx sales center has 90 trucks servicing customers in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Over the next year, an additional 120 side load hybrid-electric trucks will join the CCE fleet across the country, according to CCE. According to its latest corporate responsibility report, the company’s total delivery fleet consists of 21,000 vehicles.

The International 4300 truck, with Eaton Hybrid Technology, meets New York City weight restrictions for use in town and on bridges. A motor/generator, working with the transmission and a 340-volt battery, allows the truck to source electrical power instead of gas when traveling at speeds below 30 MPH, eliminating emissions in slow traffic.

The move fits a larger trend of delivery companies beginning to switch to hybrids, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

UPS recently expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 50 hybrid-electric delivery trucks. It has also placed an order for 167 Compressed Natural Gas delivery trucks and taken delivery of 139 new propane delivery trucks in North America.

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