London and Paris go a step further in combating air pollution. UPS, the well-known American multinational package delivery company, announced to receive and test a 35 electric delivery vehicle fleet in both capitals. It’s indeed not the first measure and very likely not the last one, whether in Paris or London. For instance, end of 2016 a new 51-strong fleet of all-electric buses went into operation in London.
150 miles with one battery charge
UPS’ new electric vehicles, partially made of lightweight composite, have an expected distance range of up to 150 miles per charged battery. In Camden, a borough in north-west London, UPS even built a charging station for an entire fleet of EVs. This measure came exactly at the right moment. Still, we have to be clear that these 35 electric vehicles are only a drop in the ocean. But if, however, more drops follow, we can hope that it will lead to a heavy rain.
“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.”
Up to date, UPS operating more than 300 electric vehicles in Europe and the U.S.
According to UPS, more than $750 million were invested in clean vehicle technology beginning in 2009.
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— UPS (@UPS) 8. Mai 2018
“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. “UPS is marshaling its global scale to encourage innovation within the automotive industry. 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.”
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