ATLANTA – Coca Cola Enterprises can now claim the largest hybrid truck fleet in North America, according to the company, having announced that they’ll be adding 185 hybrid trucks to their fleet, thus boosting the total number of environmentally friendly trucks to 327.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg were on hand for the announcement, which comes as part of the beverage company’s overall plan for energy conservation and climate change. Meiburg presented Coke with a leadership award for its efforts, which include installing water-saving systems at their plants, using more efficient lighting, and developing their recycling program.
The hybrid use about 30-percent less fuel and reduce emissions by 30 percent when compared to typical tractor trailers. The vehicles use lithium ion batteries from Eaton Corporation for power at speeds below 30 mph.
Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. already have hybrid Coke trucks. The new additions will mean that Boston, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tampa will have tractor trailer hybrids, and smaller hybrids will be deployed in Albuquerque, Columbus, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, and Montreal.