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Purchase will make California the largest EV fleet for UPS

The ways to improve the fuel economy of a vehicle are many and varied. Manufacturers can resort to technology, smaller engines, batteries, or just make the vehicles lighter and more aerodynamic. UPS has been working on making its fleet of brown delivery vans more efficient for a long time now. With all the miles UPS drives on an average day, a modest savings in fuel consumption across the fleet would save the company significant money and reduce pollution.

UPS has announced that it will be buying 100 electric delivery vehicles from Electric Vehicles International (EVI) in Stockton, California. The 100 vehicles will replace older diesel trucks already in the fleet and all for the vehicles will be deployed in California. The electric delivery vehicles will have a 90-mile range and will help UPS to save an estimated 126,000 gallons of fuel each year.

"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."

Currently, UPS has 28 EVs in fleets operating in NYC and Europe. The purchase of the 100 EVs for California will be the largest EV fleet rollout in the country for UPS. UPS currently operates one of the largest fleets of private alternative fuel vehicles in the world. In total, UPS has 2,200 green vehicles in use globally. Those vehicles include CNG, propane, LNG, and hybrid-electric vehicles.

"The advantage of an electric power train is zero tailpipe emissions," added Britt. "These trucks will be perfectly suited for UPS's short range urban delivery routes."

Back in June, UPS was talking up prototype vans it was testing that were 1,000 pounds lighter than the existing vans and 40% more fuel-efficient. Those vehicles were the CV-23 delivery trucks
 that use a 150hp turbo diesel and a 7-speed transmission. 

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Makes sense
By Spuke on 8/29/2011 1:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
...if they need to replace an older truck anyways. I wonder what they're average driving distance is.

RE: Makes sense
By espaghetti on 8/29/2011 1:47:45 PM , Rating: 2
The electric delivery vehicles will have a 90-mile range

RE: Makes sense
By espaghetti on 8/29/2011 1:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
Just realized you may have been asking about older trucks. Sorry.

RE: Makes sense
By quiksilvr on 8/29/2011 2:29:34 PM , Rating: 3
0 for 2. He was asking how many miles they typically drive a day. My guess is well under 100 miles.

RE: Makes sense
By cjohnson2136 on 8/29/2011 2:36:38 PM , Rating: 3
Probably depends on the route too. If his fleet is all in the city then I would agree. If we are talking about suburb might be a little more.

RE: Makes sense
By Devilboy1313 on 8/29/2011 10:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC Toyota was (is?) developing a plug-in hybrid small delivery truck (similar to this one). The estimate for urban environments was 50-80 miles per day (out to route, route and return to depot).

Shipping Costs
By btc909 on 8/29/2011 2:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
I would hope this would result in cheaper shipping costs so I can finally dump USPS. Hint, hint UPS.

RE: Shipping Costs
By Dr of crap on 8/29/2011 3:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that oil prices are up.
Even if they do get a cost saving it will not be passed unto us.

RE: Shipping Costs
By Shig on 8/29/2011 4:19:13 PM , Rating: 3
1) UPS has very competative shipping costs.

2) This investment isn't to really lower their prices, it's so they aren't forced to raise them later. Anyone who isn't investing in alternative tech now apparently believes oil will not continue to rise in cost, gl there.

Electric vehicle???
By Sprinter fan on 8/29/2011 2:53:57 PM , Rating: 1
Ridiculous!!! Does the writer of this article intend to deliberately mislead us by posting a picture of the CV-23 NON-ELECTRIC / NON-HYBRID vehicle to the right of the story? Why not show a picture of the electric vehicle UPS plans to purchase? The CV-23 may be a "step" in the right direction, but it's a composite-bodied diesel powered walk-in, not an electric vehicle.

RE: Electric vehicle???
By cjohnson2136 on 8/29/2011 3:29:25 PM , Rating: 2
How is it misleading if the writer tells us what vehicle it is. If you can't read the caption below the picture then it's your own fault for being mislead.

RE: Electric vehicle???
By Sprinter fan on 9/8/2011 4:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
The point of the article was to highlight UPS' purchase of electric vehicles. i contend that the average reader will relate the non-electric CV-23 pictured to the right of the vehicle as the electric vehicle mentioned in the article. The CV-23 is only mentioned in the last line of the article.

By YashBudini on 8/30/2011 6:12:18 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen them in crowded cities, they spend more time standing still and collecting parking fines than moving about.

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