Brown turns green as UPS goes electric in California

Electric trucks make perfect sense for urban deliveries, where driving distances tend to be short, and the trucks can be parked all night to charge up. UPS is making their first move towards an all-electric fleet in California, with 100 new trucks in the Central Valley and Inland Empire regions.

The California-built delivery trucks, known as Package Cars in UPS-speak, have a range of about 75 miles, and are expected to save a combined 126,000 gallons of fuel per year. That's a good thing because at $150,000 a pop, they cost about three times as much as a regular Diesel UPS truck.

The program helps California governor Jerry Brown in his push for more zero-emissions commercial vehicles, and was partially funded by a Federal EPA initiative.

UPS rival FedEx actually beat UPS to the punch by introducing a few electric trucks a couple of years ago, but their four truck launch seems more like a test compared to UPS' 100 truck fleet.

No word on whether the electric trucks will help them deliver your packages any faster.

UPS, via Earth Techling

 

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