Nearly All-Electric Vehicles for Seven States for the First Half of 2016:
‘Vehicles Are a Bridge to the Delivery Trucks of Tomorrow,’ UPS Says
UPS said this morning that it’s purchased 125 hybrid electric delivery trucks from Workhorse “as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.”
The trucks are to be deployed in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida during the first half of 2016.
“These vehicles are a bridge to the delivery trucks of tomorrow,” UPS senior vice president global engineering and sustainability Mark Wallace said in a release.
Helping Make a Market
“This investment will help create and grow the market for ground-breaking alternative propulsion systems that reduce environmental impact, reduce operating costs and save fuel.”
Workhorse disclosed the order for 125 of its E-Gen battery electric trucks – battery trucks with a gasoline-fired range extending engine – to “a major transportation company” in its 10-Q filing last month (F&F, August 20).
Four Times the Savings of Current Hybrids
According to UPS, “the new trucks will deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains – up to four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle, compared to a 10 to 15% improvement with previous hybrid designs.”
“These trucks are designed specifically to meet the stop and start needs of UPS’s urban delivery routes,” said Workhorse Group CEO Steve Burns says in the UPS announcement. “They rely on a very small internal combustion engine and lithium ion battery to deliver a 50 to 60-mile per day range.”
UPS said it’s collaborating with Workhorse to develop “a more intelligent electric vehicle to determine when and where the batteries will be charged and re-charged.” It’s part of a UPS initiative known as the “Rolling Laboratory,” described as “a cutting-edge approach to optimizing the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.”
Motors for the 19,500-pound GVW Workhorse E-Gen are supplied by Canada’s TM4. The trucks have 60-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery packs, manufactured by Workhorse using Panasonic 18650 cells.
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Source: UPS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up