United Parcel Service said it would partner with Los Angeles-based company Thor Trucks to develop an electric medium-duty delivery truck, as the package delivery company expands its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.
The truck, developed jointly with the electric commercial vehicle startup, is expected to be deployed later this year, UPS said on Tuesday.
The truck will have a driving range of about 100 miles, with lightweight battery designed and built by Thor.
UPS will test the class-6 delivery truck for the first six months, including its battery capacity and technical integration, after which UPS may buy more of these trucks.
UPS has partnered with Workhorse Group to build an all-new electric delivery van, with a company called Arrival in Europe for a futuristic-looking little van, and it also has pre-ordered 125 electric semi-trucks from Tesla. Thor, meanwhile, has been working on its ET-One big truck with a 300-mile range for regional hauling.
Vehicle manufacturers such as Daimler AG and Navistar International Corp, and a slew of new entrants, are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines in delivery vehicles as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide and soot pollution.