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Hybrid Delivery Truck Wins 2005 Roy Family Award

Fall 2005

A number of Kennedy School students took a detour on their way to class one day late last spring to check out an award winning FedEx delivery truck parked in the school courtyard.

The delivery vehicle was a unique hybrid that reduces particulate emissions by 96 percent and increases fuel efficiency by 50 percent. FedEx, Environmental Defense, and Eaton Corporation developed the truck through a five-year collaborative effort. The Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) presented the 2005 Roy Family Award to the three organizations for their unique and successful partnership. Heads of the three companies took part in a panel discussion on "Public Private Partnerships for a Cleaner Environment."

"The Future Vehicle Project demonstrates that hybrid trucks can be a practical, economically viable alternative, and could become the industry standard," said ENRP Director Henry Lee.

Presented biennially, the Roy Family Award celebrates an outstanding partnership project that enhances environmental quality through the use of novel and creative approaches. This project's selection was based on its success at pushing cutting-edge technology into the market, careful balancing of environmental and economic concerns to create a win-win solution, and potential for widespread replication. FedEx plans to have nearly 100 of the trucks on the road in the next 12 months.

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For Academic Citation: Hybrid Delivery Truck Wins 2005 Roy Family Award.” Belfer Center Newsletter (Fall 2005).