One of the world’s largest logistics companies starts electrifying its huge fleet of cargo trucks.
A few days ago UPS placed an order for 50 electric trucks from Workhorse – Ohio-based truck maker. Workhorse had already developed several all-electric drivetrains for their vehicles.
“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline. With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-builtUPS® delivery fleet. The all electric trucks will deliver by day and re-charge overnight. We are uniquely positioned to work with our partners, communities and customers to transform freight transportation”, – Carlton Rose, Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS.
Workhorse claims their trucks to have a range of about 100 miles on city routes. The producer claims about 400% efficiency over the trucks used by UPS currently.
50 trucks is quite a large order, however, UPS’ current fleet counts for approximately 35,000 trucks, meaning quite a lot of upcoming work for UPS upgrading their fleet.