The number of U.C. Davis’ new truck fleet ordered has exceeded the 10,000 vehicles that are required by federal law.
U.C., Davis announced Friday, plans to order 8,069 more new trucks.
That’s a record number for a single year.
The new fleet will include 1,823 full-time and 1,917 part-time drivers.
The increase comes as the U.N. says the world’s population is projected to grow by 2.2 billion people by 2100, and that many more will be living in cities by 2030.
More than half of those people will be urban, meaning they live in cities with at least one million residents.
U.K.-based logistics company KPMG said its U.A.E. forecasted that about 6.2 million people will live in urban areas by 2030, up from 4.3 million.
In response to the forecast, KPMGs global head of logistics, Tom Hales, said it was time for truckers to become more sustainable by switching to alternative fuels.
“By 2025, we will be relying more on alternative sources of fuel, including diesel, hydrogen, or compressed natural gas, to get our trucks through the next decade, he said.