DoE Provided Grant Funding
UPS has purchased 18 electric delivery vehicles for the Houston-Galveston area in Texas. The purchases are part of a partnership with U.S. Department of Energy, local governments, and the non-profit Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). These vehicles were designed by the Workhorse Group for UPS, and are expected to reduce consumption of an estimated 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel over 20 years.
DoE Grant Funding
DoE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) provided a grant toward the UPS fleet vehicles as part of an ongoing effort to improve air quality in the Houston-Galveston area. This region has been designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Non-Attainment Area, where air pollution levels persistently exceed national air quality standards. Grants are targeted toward the goal of further developing and eventually lowering the cost of low or zero emission commercial vehicles.
The electric trucks started being delivered in September and will continue throughout the fall. The trucks have been designed to operate with electric motors and rechargeable batteries that supply seamless acceleration and regenerative braking, creating a safe, highly efficient vehicle.
“Our goal is to deploy vehicles with the least environmental impact possible in each region, consistent with local regulations and economic conditions. Support from the DoE, local governments and the non-profit Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) help us to accomplish this goal. We will continue to identify opportunities to drive innovation in our fleet and the marketplace,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president global engineering and sustainability, in a press release.
UPS Rolling Laboratory
The initiative adds to UPS’s Rolling Laboratory, a fleet of more than 6,430 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide which includes 574 electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Other alternative fuels and advanced technologies used in the UPS fleet include hydraulic hybrids, propane autogas, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and biomethane.
UPS is providing its own charging stations for the Houston-Galveston area electric delivery trucks, said Mike Britt, director of maintenance & engineering at UPS.
The vehicles are being manufactured by Workhorse Group, Inc., a Cincinnati-based company which manufactures electric drive systems for commercial trucks and can equip them with electric engines. The DoE grant funding is part of a Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) partnership with CTE to accelerate the introduction and deployment of electric vehicles into the cargo transportation sector.
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