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UPS partners with TEVVA Motors to introduce new PHEV vans to UK fleet


UPS is an electrification pioneer – the company has invested over $1 billion in alternative fuel projects since 2009, and currently has more than 10,000 alternative fuel vehicles in its global fleet.

The logistics giant has teamed up with TEVVA Motors to develop a new class of electric
delivery vehicles that addresses a particular problem: many cities in Europe plan
to institute “clean air zones,” within which deliveries must be made by
zero-emission vehicles. However, in some locations, warehouses and depots are located
some distance from the city center. The current generation of electric delivery
trucks offers an average range of 100 km, which is often not far enough to
reach urban drop-off points.

UPS has added 15 range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) to
its Birmingham and Southampton fleets – both markets with long distances to
travel from the warehouses to the urban areas served. Birmingham is set to
introduce a clean air zone in its city center by 2020. With an electric range
of 100 km, and total range of 400 km, the new vans can get from the depot to
the town center on diesel power, and automatically switch to zero-emission
operation within the urban areas on their routes.

The custom-built vehicles, which were developed in
conjunction with EV specialists TEVVA, each have a 150 kW electric motor and a
74 kWh Li-ion battery pack, plus a small diesel engine to provide additional
range when needed. The cargo capacity of 23 cubic meters equals that of legacy
diesel vehicles of the same weight class.

The vehicles use geofencing technology to automatically
switch to pure electric mode when reaching a predetermined boundary, such as entering
a clean air zone. The vehicle switches back to the diesel engine to recharge
the battery on the motorway connecting neighboring towns or on the way back to
the UPS depot.

“EU legislation says that [greenhouse gas emissions] need to
be cut by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030, and Net Zero in the UK by 2050,” said TEVVA
Commercial Director Richard Lidstone-Scott. “What that means is that the
electrification of the medium-duty truck sector is inevitable, yet many firms
and OEMs are still scratching their heads about how and when to make that
happen. At TEVVA we already have viable technology, proven in real-world
trials, which can help companies like UPS reduce emissions to almost zero
without compromising their business-critical ability to carry full payloads.”

“This is a big breakthrough for our continued use of
electric vehicles in the UK – and for the communities we serve,” says UPS Director
Of Automotive Engineering Luke Wake. “We can serve our customers with
lower-emission alternatively fueled vehicles in places beyond the reach of
existing pure electric vehicles at this weight class.”

Source: UPS