UPS is busy when it comes to e-mobility. The logistics company has already drawn attention to itself in the past when it came to the topic of electrified delivery vans and the associated charging structure for electric delivery vans. In the meantime, the transport service provider has an order for 10.000 electric vans transacted at Arrival. These should be on the road by 2024 at the latest.
The vans will go into service in the UK, Europe and North America. UPS has also invested an undisclosed amount in the company. This follows a €100 million investment by automakers Hyundai/Kia. The investment marks the beginning of a strategic partnership to accelerate global adoption of commercial electric vehicles, the two companies said in a statement.
Alternative powertrains play an important role in the future direction of UPS. That’s why they also looked at their direct competitor, Deutsche Post. However, these are out of the question due to the payload. What speaks in favor of Arrival‘s electric delivery vans is that they are about the same price as conventional delivery vans, but have 50% lower operating costs. In addition, together with Arrival, they have developed an e-delivery van based on UPS’s ideas, with which the transport service provider does not have to make any compromises.
Arrival has developed components, sustainable materials and software to design both the vehicles that commercial vehicle fleet owners use and strategies to streamline their operations to reduce costs. Arrival’s unique skateboard platforms allow the company to create vehicles of any weight, type, size or shape to meet customer needs.
“Arrival has created Generation 2 electric vehicles that are better in price, design and experience than traditional fossil fuel vehicles and existing EVs. This gives fleet managers a very compelling economic and environmental reason to switch to electric vehicles and will accelerate the global adoption of electric technology. We believe this is one of the most important areas to begin the transition to an all-electric future, and our partnership with UPS will propel us both towards our shared vision of cleaner mobility.— Avinash Rugoobur, Chief Strategy Officer of Arrival
To support its emissions reduction goals, UPS has set a goal of sourcing 40 percent of its fuel from low-carbon or alternative fuels by 2025. Additionally, by 2020, 25 percent of new car purchases annually will be alternative fuel or high technology vehicles.
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