UPS has formed a partnership with Workhorse, a battery-electric transportation technology company. The two hope to build a fleet of 50 custom-made plug-in electric delivery trucks with no emissions.
They hope to make trucks that are similar in cost to traditional fuel-based delivery vans, without considering account subsidies. The Workhorse vehicles will be all-electric and will be made to work all day on just a single charge overnight, maximizing their potential to work a full shift.
The vehicles will feature a 100-mile range, according to Workhouse. This mileage works well for trucks that will be sent to inner-cities. They will debut the trucks in testing areas like Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles. If things go as planned, we can expect a larger fleet to come out in 2019.
UPS plans to meet its plans for renewable energy use and carbon footprints. They want to be really efficient and show that delivery service can be beneficial to the environment. The cost of maintenance also goes down if they can implement an all-electric fleet of trucks.