(DGIwire) — As global warming becomes less hypothetical and more the real, pressing problem it truly is, every kind of business needs to look seriously at ways to reduce carbon footprints. Although climate change is here to stay, the more each of us can do to reduce negative impact on the environment, the better. Lower-impact hybrid or electric vehicles can replace gas-guzzling SUVs and traditional delivery trucks, public transit can replace our own cars whenever possible, and riding a bike is a great gas-free, heart-healthy means of transportation.
Automobiles account for more than a third of the total carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide air pollution, and 20 percent of total global warming pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fleet delivery vehicles make up a significant portion of this traffic. Although these might not seem like large numbers, they represent a significant percentage of global warming and are directly controllable by everyday choices that businesses, government and individuals make.
The good news is that consumers have already begun to make green decisions, reducing future problems with their present activity. U.S. emissions fell 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the most recent Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report by the EPA. This is part of a larger trend that has seen a 10 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 to 2012. The EPA attributes these trends to factors such as reduced emission from power generation, reduction in mileage traveled coupled with an increase in fuel efficiency, and some annual weather fluctuation.
These trends are evidence of growing green consciousness and awareness of global warming. Documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth and even Hollywood fare like The Day After Tomorrow have had their desired effect: motivating people to make smarter choices about energy consumption. But how can we continue to get smarter and greener as the years go by? How do we motivate large companies to focus on these issues?
One company drawing the attention of government and fleet vehicle buyers desiring to go “greener” is AMP Electric Vehicles. Based in Cincinnati, AMP has developed the ultra-efficient and aptly named Workhorse E-GEN™ truck. Featuring an extended-range electric drive, the truck has many forward-thinking features. It can double a company fleet’s average miles per gallon by using battery-electric power combined with a small internal combustion engine that recharges the battery pack automatically if the charge falls below certain levels, the vehicle is in “park” with the key out, and the emergency brake is on. This means that during stops to take a delivery to the door, the vehicle can be efficiently recharging if necessary.
E-GEN’s battery pack is both energy- and cost-effective. And get this, when legislation allows, AMP Electric Vehicles will offer a drone delivery system, the HorseFly™ electric UAV that’s ready to take off, pairing with an E-GEN truck to allow short flights from vehicles in each area instead of long flights from a warehouse for each delivery.
Steve Burns, CEO of AMP Electric Vehicles, says, “As consumers get smarter, they demand not only green technology for themselves, but also for the businesses they patronize. We’re proud to be at the forefront of the electric revolution and we’re committed to helping fleet buyers understand the benefits of going green. ”
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