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FedEx Signs BAE Systems to Develop Hybrid Truck

March 12, 2002

As part of a project to select FedEx's next standard configuration for its delivery trucks, BAE Systems will develop a vehicle designed to dramatically increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. BAE’s HybriDrive power system has been tested for more than 500,000 miles in New York City buses. The system uses a clean diesel engine mated to an integral electric motor-generator. An on-board energy storage system can provide reserve energy to reduce transient power demands on the engine. The truck will also use a regenerative braking system to recycle braking energy for use by the propulsion system. Mitch Jackson, director of environmental management for FedEx said, “With our commitment to hybrid-electric vehicle purchases, this project will demonstrate that environmental benefit can go hand-in-hand with good business.”
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