UPS announced Thursday its intent to bring 50 new plug-in hybrid delivery trucks into its fleet. The vehicles will be new from the ground up and developed by Workhorse Group, which has worked with UPS on green trucks in the past. It’s believed that the trucks will be comparably priced to ones that use conventional powertrains.
The company is working on its upcoming plug-in electric W-15 pickup truck and it recently unveiled an electric van geared toward delivery with drone for the last-mile.
The trucks have a range of “approximately 100 miles between charges” and will be used in urban routes. Workhorse claims these vehicles provide “nearly 400% fuel efficiency improvement” over UPS’ current class 5 trucks.
“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,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS.
The trucks will be tested in urban areas, including Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles and UPS is aiming to deploy a larger fleet in 2019.