UPS will work with partner a battery-electric transportation technology company, Workhorse, to develop and deliver a fleet of 50 custom-built plug-in electric delivery trucks with zero emissions.
The focus is to make trucks that cost as much to buy as do traditional fuel-based delivery vehicles — even without taking into account subsidies. The Workhorse-designed vehicles will be all-electric, and are designed to run on a single charge throughout a normal delivery day and then charge back up overnight.
Workhorse states that they’ll have a 100-mile range, which is a good fit for in-city routes, and the trucks will first start testing in urban areas in various parts of the U.S., including Atlanta, Dallas and LA. The test will lead to fine-tuning, which will lead to a greater fleet deployment targeting 2019.
UPS’ goal with this is to assist in meeting its corporate renewable energy and carbon footprint goals, as well as to hopefully reap benefits in terms of vehicle operation efficiency, and the cost of maintenance (which should be far less using all-electric trucks).
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