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ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas Drives Service Fleet Forward Using Less Fossil Fuel
Sept. 22, 2014 — ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas recently added hybrid conversion technology and natural gas to vehicles in the company’s service fleet. The use of alternative fuels continues to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
Hybrid conversion technology supplied by XL Hybrids, Inc. was added to vehicles, operating in Atlanta, Dallas, and Boston. The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System adds an electric motor, an advanced lithium ion battery pack, and sophisticated control software to vehicles and delivers a 25 percent increase in miles driven per-gallon while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
ThyssenKrupp is also using sat Denver International Airport a vehicle for company service mechanics that is fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). This type of fuel is a good choice for high-mileage, centrally fueled fleets that operate within a limited area such as an airport.
Since 2009, ThyssenKrupp Elevator has reduced petroleum use by several methods, including right-sizing to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, implementing efficient route planning, and using alternative fuels including propane, natural gas, and plug-in electric vehicles.
“Reducing petroleum use in our 3,200-vehicle fleet is our most significant environmental impact to date. By October 2013, we saved over 710,000 gallons of gas and 115,000 gallons of diesel over our 2010 baseline,” said Brad Nemeth, vice president of sustainability, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. “The addition of the hybrid conversion and CNG technology will give us another tool to improve fuel efficiency.”