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
"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.