More on that UPS hydraulic hybrid

From Seed Magazine comes an article called “Punishing Success at the EPA” that contains some more information and behind the scenes stuff on that UPS hydraulic hybrid delivery truck I wrote about a couple of days ago.

“Driving around the assembled crowd, the hydraulic-powered UPS truck was as quiet as a golf cart—quiet enough for me to hear one of the project engineers say that his team is afraid to take the trucks out on the road because they may not be able to afford to replace any parts that break down. Money is so tight that to build these highly regarded prototypes the engineers often used parts from junkyards. They also rely heavily on industry partnerships to fund their efforts—in exchange for a huge break for those partners on licensing rights to the new technologies.”

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