UPS is developing technology to convert its fleet of New York City-based diesel trucks to electric.
The delivery company has teamed up with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop the technology, and will design, build, test and make the conversions with Unique Electric Solutions (UES).
NYSERDA is providing $500,000 (circa £381,000) to help develop and test the system, which supports plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 40 per cent by 2030.
The plan is to have a production-ready version of the all-electric truck on the road by Spring 2018.
UPS then hopes to have a cost-effective conversion kit that will allow it to convert up to three trucks a day, which would allow it to have 1,500 electric trucks operational by 2022 – 66 per cent of its fleet.
The conversions will be based on a new electric vehicle platform built by UES.
It will use a 225kW switched reluctance motor, which UPS claims is “simpler, cheaper and better suited” to the life-cycle of one of its trucks than traditional induction motors.
Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, said, “This project is a prime example of the State’s investment in new and innovative technology that can help us meet Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals.
“I applaud UPS and Unique Electric Solutions for their leadership in developing this system that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has tremendous potential to be used by the entire delivery industry.”