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UPS Tests New Composite Vehicles

20 May 2011

UPS is testing five new CV-23 composite-bodied prototype vehicles from Utilimaster/Isuzu to see if they can meet their operating needs.

The vehicle testing began in April 2011 and is expected to conclude in December this year. UPS are performing tests to establish whether the CV-23 withstands the rigours of UPS’s daily delivery routes while achieving a 40% increase in fuel efficiency over the UPS P70 diesel package vehicle.

The 150 horsepower vehicle utilises an Isuzu four-cylinder diesel engine and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission, an engine that is smaller than a traditional UPS diesel engine which UPS hope will use less fuel during daily operations. UPS suggest this is possible because the CV-23 is approximately 1,000lbs lighter than the P70 due to the composite body panels.