10/27/2005

UPS Expands Real-World Testing of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

As an answer to the rising fuel cost the shipping company UPS has implemented the use of a hydrogen powered delivery car. UPS has a fleet of over 88,000 vehicles and could make an impact in their costs if they move to this new technology. Not only is the vehicle clean burning, the different system offer 10% more cargo room. As technology continues to increase the long run effect of increasing fuel prices can be countered.

5 comments:

Logan said...

There are many brilliant people in the world today. As fuel prices continue to rise these brilliant people will invent or transform other sources of energy to help relieve the high demnad for crude oil. When demand falls, prices fall with it.

Connor said...

UPS will be the trend setters for shipping companies. In the article, it mentioned that the hydrogen powered vehicles will have concentric circles on them to distinguish them from the fossil fuels fleet. I think this is an intelligent form of advertising. You know, it will attract more people, especially the environmentalists. Way to go UPS!

Morgan said...

I think UPS is setting a great example! Not only will their actions help promote a better environment, but their bottom line will also imrpove in the process! I truly hope that this type of technology can become more widespread, because there is no reason why clean, efficient, and less costly means of energy can't be the norm, rather than the exception.

taylor said...

UPS has set a great example for other carriers across the country and for us as well. I hope that more people engage in this technology for the envornment's sake and to lower gas prices.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Morgan's post for spelling errors.

I've indicated on previous posts that I am dubious about alternative energy sources like hydrogen.

Having said that, UPS is the sort of organization that can be relied upon to make a reasonable test of this sort of thing.

One of the problems with alternative fuels is that the costs of the underlying gas distribution system are grossly underestimated. My guess is that we're probably looking at prices of $10-15 per gallon to justify building a distribution system for getting alternative fuel to the public. But, UPS can do this on a fleet level in a large metropolitan area.

The message here is that if we don't see lots of fleet operations (which can contrl fuel distribution) going towards alternative fuels, then it isn't going to happen for the general public.