G&K Services has launched a pilot program to test hybrid electric trucks in its fleet of delivery vehicles. The company has placed hybrid electric diesel step vans into service in its locations in Northern California. The new hybrid trucks are projected to cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to conventional delivery vehicles.
G&K is focused on both maximizing the fuel economy of their delivery fleet and being good stewards of the environment. The new vehicles were obtained in partnership with the State of California's Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). G&K will work closely with the State of California and the vehicle manufacturers to track and analyze the performance of these vehicles and assess the technology for broader use.
The California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) is a unique and streamlined program to help speed the early market introduction of low-carbon hybrid and electric trucks and buses. The project addresses the biggest barrier for fleet purchase of medium and heavy-duty hybrids - the high incremental cost of these vehicles in the early market years when production volumes are still low.
The HVIP is designed to offset about half of the incremental additional cost of eligible hybrid medium and heavy-duty vehicles using a simplified purchase voucher. This amount was deemed critical by fleets and manufacturers to assist the early market. The HVIP is also designed to assist fleets and dealers by reducing this cost right at the time of purchase, and has been designed to simplify implementation. Dealers request a voucher with their fleet customers at the time of order; the amounts are pre-set for each qualified vehicle.
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Source: G&K Services