The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has launched the Maryland Hybrid Truck Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2025. This green initiative received $5.9 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enabling MEA to purchase 143 heavy-duty hyrbird trucks to be used by Daimler Trucks North America, ARAMARK Uniform Services, Nestle Waters North America, Sysco Corporation, United Parcel Service and Efficiency Enterprises. The Washington Business Journal reports:
MEA spokesman Ian Hines said the agency decided to launch the program with the idea that the private companies are already driving along Maryland’s roads. If they can drive cleaner rigs that will help clean up the environment.
“We thought this was a wonderful opportunity to put this technology into practice,” Hines said.