Brown Gets Green: UPS Bolsters EV Fleet

UPS, the giant, Atlanta-based parcel delivery company, is known for its ubiquitous brown trucks. It’s easy to understand why — theere are 70,000 of them in the UPS fleet. These trucks, mostly powered by diesel, just got a little green competition.

UPS recently announced it will soon be adding 100 electric vans to their fleet. The walk-in vans will be manufactured by Stockton, Calif.-based Electric Vehicles International (EVI) and have a range of 90 miles. “These trucks will be perfectly suited for UPS’s short range urban delivery routes,” said Mike Britt, UPS’s director of vehicle engineering.

UPS EV

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UPS currently has 28 all-electric vehicles in its fleet operating in New York City and in Europe and more than 2,200 alternative fuel vehicles in its overall fleet. In addition to the new electric vans, UPS also has hybrid- electric vehicles as well as vehicles using compressed natural gas, propane and liquified natural gas in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Brazil, Korea, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. It also has tested hybrid hydraulic and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The new EVI trucks will displace an estimated 126,000 gallons of fuel a year that would have been burned running diesel trucks. The new EVs will be deployed early next January in the Los Angeles region, and the San Joaquin and  Sacramento valleys.

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Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

    • Rob Weekley

      That’s 90u00a0 miles x 100 Trucks = 9,000 EV Miles per Day Possible! It’s a Start!

    • Maybe UPS can Get one of it’s new trucks to show at EV Fest 2011 (www.evfest.ca)?