Most of us only think about UPS trucks when we’re expecting a parcel or wondering whether it’s true that they never make left turns. As the company’s senior vice President Bob Stoffel explained to Big Think, it is, in fact, the company’s practice to have drivers avoid making left turns to promote safety and fuel efficiency. According to an announcement made on Thursday, the company is forging ahead in their commitment to those goals with the intent to convert their New York city truck fleet from diesel to electric. UPS has partnered with Unique Electric Solutions LLC (UES LLC) to design, build, and test the converted vehicles.
The converted vehicles will use the UES-developed uniqueEV technology, whose vehicles supposedly have a single-charge range between 64.3 to 201 kilometers (40 to 125 miles). “This program will help UPS develop and deploy electric delivery trucks faster and more affordably. Because they are cleaner and quieter, electric vehicles are ideal for dense urban environments like New York City and are a critical part of our strategy for the future,” Rose added.
The trucking industry is the latest to have joined the move towards electric vehicles, with long-haul delivery services anticipating electrification thanks to efforts by Teslaand Mercedes-Benz’ parent company Daimler AG. It seemed only a matter of time before parcel delivery services like UPS would join in on the trend, converting smaller delivery trucks into EVs. Royal Mail, the oldest postal service in the United Kingdom, has already started using electric vans for deliveries.
Source : Futurism