UPS revs up latest London and Paris EV deal

UPS has today become the latest global brand to announce plans to expand its fleet of electric vehicles (EV), revealing plans to source 35 new electric delivery vehicles that are to be trialed in London and Paris.

The global logistics giant confirmed it is working with UK-based technology firm ARRIVAL to develop a “state-of-the-art pilot fleet” of 35 EVs.

The lightweight composite vehicles boast zero tailpipe emission and have a battery range of more than 150 miles, UPS said, which significantly outperforms the range of existing electric vans currently in service.

“UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel,” said Luke Wake, international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS. “This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions.”

He added that the partnership was part of a wider push by the company to curb emissions and running costs across its giant global fleet, which has already seen it deploy more than 9,000 vehicles worldwide that operate using alternative propulsion methods. “UPS is marshaling its global scale to encourage innovation within the automotive industry,” he said. “We are helping to drive demand for these disruptive technologies. The result is a safer and cleaner fleet for the communities in which we deliver.”

 UPS said the deal made ARRIVAL the first commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe to provide purpose-built electric delivery vehicles to UPS’s specifications. The first vehicles are expected to be deployed on the road before the end of this year.

“We’re excited to collaborate with UPS to create an affordable, modular, fully electric delivery vehicle designed to make deliveries in our busy cities clean and quiet,” said Denis Sverdlov, CEO of ARRIVAL. “With its unique, wrap-around front window the driver has a much wider field of view that improves not only the safety of the driver but also that of cyclists and pedestrians.”

The news comes after UPS last month UPS announced it had installed new charging technology at its central London depot in Camden that will help it better support an expanding fleet of electric delivery vehicles.

The deal is also part of a global trend as a raft of logistics firms and consumer goods brands step up investment in low and zero emission delivery fleets.

Just last week brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev announced it has placed an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company, while earlier this year London delivery specialist Gnewt Cargo announced the successful installation of 63 EV charge points at its depots across the capital.

SOURCE: Business Green