Philadelphia, PA, December 30, 2010 – As part of its commitment to protecting and improving the environment, ARAMARK Uniform Services has announced it is the first commercial uniform provider to introduce hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) into its national fleet. The initial roll out of 25 hybrid stepvans is currently underway and by spring of 2011, a total of 78 HEVs will be rolling along ARAMARK Uniform Services (AUS) service routes in 28 states.
The launch was made possible by a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Maryland Clean Cities Program which is dedicated to stimulating alternative fuel and advanced technology in the transportation sector. Each hybrid – when compared to a standard diesel model – reduces total greenhouse gases emissions by 30 percent and generates fuel efficiency gains between 20 to 40 percent. As a result, AUS anticipates annual fuel savings will top 500 gallons per each HEV.
“Our team continues to proactively introduce environmentally sound practices in all of our operations,” said Brad Drummond, President of ARAMARK Uniform Services (AUS). ”The addition of hybrid technology to our fleet services will complement all of our programs designed to reduce our environmental impact.”
The HEVs use the combination of an energy-efficient diesel engine and a battery-driven electric motor. When traveling under 30 miles-per-hour the hybrids run on electricity and when the speed increases they shift over to diesel-engine-use. Therefore, the HEVs are being deployed to mostly urban areas with stop and go traffic and limited highway miles.
This strategy leverages not only the HEV’s fuel economy but their regenerative braking system. The advanced technology converts energy normally wasted during braking into electricity to charge the motor’s battery.
Vice President of Operations Support Manuel Nieto said, “We are proud to be the first commercial uniform provider awarded funding. Energy conservation has always been AUS’ focus and the fleet’s expansion with hybrids is but one part of our comprehensive fleet management program.”
Currently his team is implementing its route-optimization program. Using global positioning system (GPS) devices in each fleet vehicle and routing software, AUS has sorted client accounts by their similar locations and mapped out the most efficient and effective travel route between them. By eliminating service overlaps AUS has reduced travel time and lowered the total number of miles, and corresponding fuel consumption, required to provide their customers with their clean supply of garments, mats, towels, linen and other allied products.
For more information on AUS’s innovative and energy-efficient technologies within its commercial laundry facilities, please contact Sarah Jarvis at 215.238.7168 or
About ARAMARK Uniform Services
ARAMARK Uniform Services, a leader in uniforms and workwear, provides uniforms, career and image apparel, equipment, work clothes and accessories for customers throughout the United States. Industries it serves include manufacturing, transportation, construction, restaurants and hotels, and healthcare. Its uniforms help customers achieve a variety of goals for their businesses, including the establishment of corporate identity and brand awareness, protection of workers, protection of products, and retention of employees.
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, as the industry leader in FORTUNE magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," and as one of America's Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at www.twitter.com/aramarknews.