Aug 262011
 

UPS, AT&T Announce Green Fleet Additions

UPS is purchasing 100 fully electric commercial delivery vehicles from Electric Vehicles International.

The class 6 walk-in delivery trucks with a 90-mile range (pictured) will be placed in service early next year in California’s South Coast Air Basin, San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley.
LG will cover half the cost for the new EVs and will work alongside engineers from GM to collaborate on components, vehicle structures and architectures. LG will also become GM’s supplier for the components, which it’s permitted to sell to other auto makers. That means this partnership will be good for the electric vehicle industry as a whole, and not just GM.

This purchase marks the largest deployment of zero emission delivery vehicles in California, and one of the largest single deployments of commercial all-electric vehicles in the world, EVI says. It estimates that the vehicles should save UPS 126,000 gallons of fuel a year.

In related news, AT&T has announced the deployment of the 4,000th alternative-fuel vehicle in its corporate vehicle fleet. The AFV, a Ford E250 van running on compressed natural gas, was deployed in Chicago.

Currently, 3,000 of the company’s AFVs use compressed natural gas. Half of all of AT&T’s AFVs are deployed in California, the company says.

Read the full Story At Environmental Leader

Aug 262011
 

GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

Auto maker General Motors and LG Group will be working together to design and engineer electric vehicles thanks to a new partnership that expands on LG’s earlier work for GM in lithium-ion batteries. Previously, LG delivered batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and later for a demo fleet of Chevrolet Cruze electric vehicles.

According to the companies, their goal is to reduce both the cost and the time it takes to build electric cars.

LG will cover half the cost for the new EVs and will work alongside engineers from GM to collaborate on components, vehicle structures and architectures. LG will also become GM’s supplier for the components, which it’s permitted to sell to other auto makers. That means this partnership will be good for the electric vehicle industry as a whole, and not just GM.

Read the full Story At Tech Crunch