UPS has announced a project with UK-based technology firm Arrival to develop a fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles that will be trialed in London and Paris.
The vehicles will have a range of more than 150 miles and be equipped with advanced driver assistance systems to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue. The vehicle is designed to be connected and intelligent, and will be fitted with an advanced vehicle display to relay information to the driver.
Arrival is the first commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe to provide purpose-built electric delivery vehicles to UPS’s specifications. Since 2016, UPS and Arrival have been developing prototypes of different sizes, and the first vehicles are expected to be deployed on the road before the end of this year.
“This initiative will help UPS attain its global carbon reduction goals for the company’s facilities and fleets,” said Peter Harris, director for sustainability at UPS Europe. “We will continue working with our partners, communities and customers to spark innovation, thus leading the industry toward a more sustainable future.”
Since 2009, UPS has invested over $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. And, in 2016 UPS achieved its self-set goal of covering 1 billion miles using its fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.