UPS purchases 100 electric trucks for its California fleet

UPS just announced that it has purchased 100 electric delivery vans for deployment in California, making it the single-largest implementation of zero-emissions delivery vehicles in the state of California. UPS says that because its vans rack up so many miles, replacing lots of older diesel-fueled trucks with the EVs will reduce UPS' need for fuel by an estimated 126,000 gallons a year.

The 100 vehicles will be acquired from Electric Vehicles International of Stockton, CA. These electric trucks boast a 90-mile range and will join the 2,200 alternative fuel vehicles that make up UPS' "green fleet," including 28 electric vans currently operating in New York City and Europe.

If you're thinking that UPS is a relative newcomer to the green scene, then you'd be wrong. UPS' first foray into alternative fuel vehicles was with a fleet of electrics that operated in New York way back in the Dirty Thirties.
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UPS Purchasing 100 All-Electric Vehicles for California Deployment

Atlanta, August 25, 2011

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the purchase of 100 all-electric delivery vehicles for deployment in California, bolstering UPS's continuing effort to reduce the emissions of its truck fleet and improve its energy security.

The 100 vehicles will be acquired from Electric Vehicles International (EVI) of Stockton, Calif., and will replace older generation diesel trucks in the largest single deployment of zero tailpipe emission delivery vehicles in the state. These electric vehicles will have a 90-mile range and displace an estimated 126,000 gallons of fuel a year that would have been burned running diesel trucks.

"This purchase is a milestone for UPS's alternative fleet expansion," said Mike Britt, UPS's director of vehicle engineering. "UPS's research and development of alternative technologies has determined it is time to explore electric drive systems within the short-range segment of our delivery fleet. This purchase is an important first step in supporting investment and advancement in electric vehicle technology. EVI's vehicle met our requirements in the test phase. Now we will operate these vehicles in the real world and help establish the future viability of this technology."

UPS currently has 28 all-electric vehicles in its fleet operating in New York City and in Europe.

UPS operates one of the largest private fleets of alternative fuel vehicles in its industry with more than 2,200 in total. Since 2000, UPS's "green fleet" has traveled more than 200 million miles. Besides all-electric technology, UPS has deployed Compressed Natural Gas, propane, Liquified Natural Gas and hybrid- electric vehicles in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Brazil, Korea, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. It also has tested hybrid hydraulic and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

UPS's first foray into alternative fuel vehicles was with a fleet of electric vehicles that operated in New York in the 1930's. Prior to this purchase, the company also tested an electric car in Santiago, Chile, and 13 zero tailpipe emission electric minivans in downtown Los Angeles.

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