UPS Range-Extended Trucks Getting i3 Car-Type Gensets
Workhorse Trucks and lead customer UPS spread the word at ACT Expo that 125 E-Gen brand range-extended electric trucks are being upgraded with more powerful gasoline engines.
“A compact, quiet-running 2-cylinder engine replaces a prior 4-cylinder engine to extend their range, improve performance and fuel efficiency,” UPS said. “The updated trucks deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains – up to four times the fuel economy of a gasoline-powered vehicle.”
The trucks with the new 650cc engines are to be deployed in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio and Texas later this year.
Designed for Stop-and-Start
The engines, and indeed the gensets, are from BMW, and are the same as are used in the range-extended version of BMW’s i3 electric vehicle. The original engines were from PSI – Power Solutions International (F&F, February 7, 2014).
“These low-emission trucks are designed specifically to meet the stop-and-start needs of UPS’s urban delivery routes, while driving unprecedented fuel and maintenance savings,” said Workhorse CEO Steve Burns.
“This new system enables the vehicle to accommodate UPS’s typical route on battery energy and uses a very small internal combustion engine to add additional energy to the batteries when and if needed and eliminates range anxiety,” he said.
All-Battery Trucks for UPS in Houston
Workhorse is also supplying UPS with 18 all-battery trucks for use in the Houston area (F&F, November 10, 2015).
As a complement to its zero-emission and super low-emission trucks, Workhorse is developing a package delivery drone called the HorseFly. The battery-powered HorseFly would charge off of the parent truck’s electrical system and could allow drivers to avoid torturous driveways and possibly hazardous climbs – by the truck or on foot – in rural areas.
HorseFly weighs just 9.5 pounds, and can carry a 10-pound package. Its eight rotors are powered by lithium ion batteries by Panasonic. The Federal Aviation Administration granted permission for testing late last year (F&F, October 14, 2015). Workhorse showed an actual HorseFly drone at ACT Expo 2016 – alongside an E-Gen chassis with the new BMW genset.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif.