The plastics industry is ever expanding, and recently has gotten itself into the auto industry. UPS has recently introduced 150 new trucks, all with plastic composite bodies, to their fleet on a trial basis in the attempt to cut down on rising fuel costs.
UPS has added the trucks on a trial basis, and has expressed approval of the trucks performance. They have been trying to cut down on rising fuel costs, and the new plastic trucks do a good job of that. The new trucks are a staggering 900 lbs. lighter than the older steel trucks, and have an impressive 40% improvement in fuel economy.
The trucks are also much easier to repair because the plastic composite body panels are modular and can be removed and swapped out if they are damaged. The trucks are also surprisingly durable, which was a concern considering they are made from plastic mold and plastic molding process. They do well in almost any environment, which was also a major concern of UPS because of corrosion damage that trucks operating in wintery conditions where roads must frequently be salted face. Read more