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Staples Introduces New All-Electric Vehicles into its Delivery Fleet

New Vehicles in California, Missouri and Ohio Launch as Part of Plan to Improve Fleet Fuel Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Impact

 

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 21, 2010 – To reduce fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Staples is advancing its commercial delivery fleet by introducing new all-electric, class six trucks in California, Missouri and Ohio starting in November. The new addition to Staples’ delivery fleet will consist of 41 trucks with 30 operating in California,10 in Ohio and one in Missouri.

 

Staples’ new all-electric delivery trucks are part of an ongoing fuel efficiency initiative, started in 2006, to achieve a 40 percent improvement in fleet fuel economy by 2015. Having achieved a 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency to-date, Staples is now working toward the goal of improving fuel economy by 10 percent with additional reductions in its carbon footprint. The all-electric trucks, manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles, will join Staples’ existing delivery fleet of nearly 2,000 vehicles in North America.

 

Over the next five years, Staples plans to accomplish the 10 percent goal through a combination of measures including the use of all-electric trucks in high-density urban delivery areas, diesel/electric hybrids for urban delivery areas, lighter composite materials in body construction, dynamic routing software and fuel cell technology as it becomes available.  Staples will also work closely with all its vehicle OEM’s to continue to improve the fuel economy of its remaining conventionally-powered trucks.

 

“The addition of these all-electric delivery trucks is the latest example of our commitment to continually improve our delivery fleet and its impact on the environment,” said Mike Payette, manager of fleet equipment at Staples. “Over time, we’ll look to increase the number of these trucks in the Staples fleet as an effective way to service our delivery customers while reducing our carbon emissions.”

 

The initial phase of Staples’ fuel efficiency initiative was conducted from 2006 through early 2010, resulting in MPG improvements of 30 percent from an industry standard 8.1 MPG to 10.1 MPG and a reduction of about 9,000 metric tons of CO2.  This was accomplished through a collaborative effort among Staples executives, fleet drivers and various OEM’s to incorporate street wise and industry best practices. These measures included mechanical and electronic speed reduction, altering transmission shift points, electronic idle reduction and driver training programs.

 

Smith Electric produces the Newton, which is the only all-electric medium/heavy-truck offering on the GSA schedule. The truck delivers a top speed of 55 mph and offers end users battery ranges from 50 to 120 miles on a single charge. It operates at peak effectiveness in urban applications that demand heavy stop and go driving.  A single overnight charge provides more than enough range for most urban delivery routes.

“Smith Electric Vehicles is honored to help Staples reach its goal of improved fuel economy,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles. “As a pioneer in adopting electric truck technology, Staples will show the rest of the delivery-fleet industry that helping the environment also helps your bottom line.”

For more information about Staples’ environmental commitments, please visit www.staples.com/ecoeasy.

 

About Staples

Staples, the world’s largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

Media Contacts:   Owen Davis

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                        Kori Green

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