UPS to trial 35 lightweight delivery EVs in Paris and London, as part of its wider efforts to decarbonise its vehicle fleet
As some of the largest fleet operators worldwide, logistics and delivery firms have been some of the most visible adopters of EVs.
Alongside other major players like DHL and FedEx, UPS has been willing to take on its fair share of electric innovation. This week the company announced it would trial 35 delivery EVs made by UK-based ARRIVAL. The pilot fleet will be trialled across European capitals London and Paris, with deployment beginning before the end of the year.
ARRIVAL is the first commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe to provide purpose-built electric delivery vehicles to UPS’s specifications, the company said. UPS has been working with the UK firm to develop various prototypes of different sizes.
UPS won’t be the only firm using the design, however. ARRIVAL has already supplied the first of its charming vans to the UK’s Royal Mail. The service began trials of the vehicle in August last year.
The EVs are made with composite materials to reduce weight, which shows in their impressive, 150-mile range.In UPS’ case, they will also be equipped with “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)” that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue.
“UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions,” said Luke Wake, international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS.
“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 ARRIVAL CEO Denis Sverdlov. “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.”
Currently, UPS says it has more than 300 EVs in service across Europe and US, and nearly 700 hybrids.
More recently, the company announced plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric trucks, in a collaboration with Workhorse Group.
In December, the group also placed an order for 125 Tesla Semis for delivery 2019, still the largest pre-order to date.
UPS also confirmed that it will become the first commercial customer in the US to begin using three medium-duty electric eCanter trucks, produced by Daimler’s Fuso brand.