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.
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