Corporate Express US Inc., part of the Dutch-based Corporate Express NV, recently announced that it will pilot a prototype diesel hybrid-electric delivery truck from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
Corporate Express' pilot of this innovative vehicle marks the company's first step towards adding Isuzu hybrid-electric vehicles to its U.S. delivery fleet, with the goals of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and minimizing environmental impact.
The majority of Corporate Express’ trucks are from Isuzu, who has been the company's trucking partner since 1992.
This move is part of Corporate Express' overall plans to reduce environmental impact through goals for facilities, distribution operations, sustainable forestry, environmentally sustainable products and social responsibility.
Isuzu is working with Enova Systems to retrofit the Isuzu truck prototype with their HybridPower drive system. Enova Systems is a provider of environmentally friendly hybrid drive systems for vehicles that provide significant savings in fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas and noise pollution.
Corporate Express expects to receive the prototype vehicle in April 2008 in Los Angeles, Calif.