If you’re still not certain that the electric mobility revolution is on its way, just watch the industry giants – each quarter, more of them announce their moves towards eco-friendly transportation. This week in the EV corporate news, UPS has announced their collaboration with Thor Trucks. The Los Angeles based startup will upgrade the corporation’s delivery truck fleet.
UPS isn’t exactly a newcomer to the world of green mobility – according to their press release, the company is in the process of thoroughly testing a variety of low emission vehicles in order to find out which technology will be best suited for specific tasks in their systems. Currently, UPS’ fleet includes gas and propane-powered vehicles, as well as electric and hybrid delivery vehicles. Their collaboration with Thor Trucks comes as a follow up to their announcement from February, when the delivery giant commissioned 50 electric vans from Ohio startup Workhorse.
UPS believes in the future of commercial electric vehicles. We want to support the research needed to make advances and the companies developing those innovative products – explained Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. Performance is critical in our fleet. We are excited to get this vehicle on the road to test how it handles routes in and around Los Angeles – he added.
Just like with their previous order, the new trucks are to be designed specifically for UPS. As for the specifications, the trucks are expected to have a driving range of 100 miles, and be powered by lightweight, built-battery designed by Thor Trucks. “UPS is committed to sustainability and operates one of the most well-respected and complex fleets in the country. This is also an incredibly valuable opportunity to gain insight into what it will take to fulfill our mission of getting entire electric fleets on the road.” – said Dakota Semler, co-founder and CEO of Thor Trucks.
Here’s to hoping that UPS’ eco-friendly fleet reaches its Polish branch as well! For more information about the company’s sustainability efforts, feel free to check out their website.