Most of us probably thought we’d be driving gas-guzzling cars and trucks for the rest of our lives. Sure, we’ve all probably heard about alternative energy solutions that were on the horizon. But, the recent emergence of electric-powered trucks has been nothing short of mind blowing.
First, we saw Nikola Motors test its electric-powered, self-driving semi-truck hauling Budweiser beer down Interstate 25 in Colorado. Then in November, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled his own electronic, self-driving Tesla truck. Now, UPS has announced it has partnered with UK-based technology firm Arrival to develop and test a fleet of its own 35 electric trucks.
“UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions,” said Luke Wade, UPS International Director for Automotive Engineering.1
Technology and Design Details About The New Electric UPS Trucks
Let’s take a little closer look at the technology and design details that will be embedded in these new UPS trucks:
- Firstly, the UPS truck design is getting a complete make over from its current blocky industrial design. No sharp corners on this truck. In fact, it has a wrap-around windshield, like Nikola’s and Tesla’s trucks, to give drivers a wider field of view making it easier to see cyclists and pedestrians. The UPS truck’s design is also being likened to a Pixar cartoon creation.
- The trucks will have a 150-mile range on a single charge.
- The trucks will come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which we’re not quite sure if they have complete self-driving capability, but they are claiming that it will help identify and reduce driver fatigue.
- Zero tailpipe emission, resulting in a cleaner and quieter footprint to help meet global carbon reduction goals.
UPS Dabbled in Electric Motors Before
UPS will begin testing its new electric trucks in London and Paris sometime later this year. UPS also currently has more than 300 electric trucks operating in the United States and Europe, and approximately 700 hybrid gas/electric vehicles. UPS actually first experimented with electric-powered vehicles in the 1930s. In 2001, UPS introduced a non-self-driving, electric truck to test the waters. Its departure from using fossil fuels will conserve gasoline consumption by 126,000 gallons per years.
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