Coca-Cola will ring in the New Year with a hybrid-electric makeover
for its service vans. The Company is converting all of its newly purchased Chevrolet Express
service vans into fuel-efficient hybrid-electric vehicles using XL
innovative powertrain technology. The
updated vans will be traversing roads across the country by year’s end.
Coca-Cola is no
stranger to fuel-efficient transportation. The Company currently operates the
largest heavy-duty hybrid electric delivery fleet in North America. The
addition of 100 new hybrid service vans helps expand fuel-efficient options in
the Company’s light-duty fleet.
“Adoption of this hybrid technology supports
Coca-Cola’s goal to reduce the carbon footprint embedded in ‘the drink in your
hand’ by 25 percent by 2020,” said Bruce Karas, Vice President of Environment
and Sustainability for Coca-Cola. “We continue to make energy-saving investments
because they are good for business, good for the communities we serve and good
for the planet.”
technology system installs directly on each existing van transmission
transforming it into a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle. Early tests of this hybrid
technology have shown a 15 to 20 percent fuel reduction compared to the
Company’s conventional vans.
“The expansion of
our light-duty fleet is only one part of our Company’s overall
energy-efficiency plan. Coca-Cola is exploring the use of other alternative fuel such
as natural gas and propane,” said Karas. “We are also training our drivers in eco-driving techniques, such as minimal braking and
early gear changes to help increase productivity.”
The 100 new hybrid vans are expected to eliminate about
4,000 total tons of carbon dioxide emissions that conventional vans would
produce over their 10-year life span. Because
of the low maintenance and fuel savings, the powertrain unit will pay for
itself three times over during its life span. A technology that helps Coca-Cola
emissions reduction goals while saving money is a win-win for the Company.
Learn more about Coca-Cola’s climate protection goals
and progress in the 2013 Climate Protection Report.