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UPS tests the Thor delivery e-truck

A Thor Trucks ET-One

Thor e-truck is expected to be ready for deployment later this year

Logistics company UPS has entered into a collaboration with Thor Trucks to develop and test a fully-electric class 6 delivery truck in Los Angeles, California.

The Thor electric delivery truck will have a driving range of approximately 100 miles powered by a lightweight Thor-designed and built battery.

“UPS believes in the future of commercial electric vehicles. We want to support the research needed to make advances and the companies developing those innovative products,” said president, global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS Carlton Rose. “Performance is critical in our fleet. We are excited to get this vehicle on the road to test how it handles routes in and around Los Angeles.”

UPS will test the medium-duty electric delivery truck for six months as part of its fleet. Testing will include off-road evaluation to address durability, battery capacity, technical integration, engineering and any issues identified during on-road testing. Depending on the success of the deployment, UPS could make additional purchases of the EV.

“We’re excited about working with a forward-thinking company like UPS, particularly as our first collaboration,” said Dakota Semler, co-founder and CEO of Thor Trucks. “UPS is committed to sustainability and operates one of the most well-respected and complex fleets in the country. This is also an incredibly valuable opportunity to gain insight into what it will take to fulfil our mission of getting entire electric fleets on the road.”

UPS is headquartered in Atlanta and serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company continues to expand its EV span and works with a wide array of manufacturers including ARRIVAL, Daimler, Tesla, Thor, Workhorse and others.

Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys about 9,300 low-emission vehicles to determine which technology works best in each route configuration. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.

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