Last year Royal Mail started trialling new 'green' (actually red) delivery vans powered by electricity, in conjunction with Oxfordshire-based EV company Arrival. Following the success of that trial UPS is doing the noble thing of copying Royal Mail and deploying it's own fleet of electric delivery vans, also with the help of Arrival. The only difference is it will be deploying them in both London and Paris.
According to UPS 35 vans will be deployed across the two cities, each with a range of around 150 miles on a single charge and coming packed with advanced driver assistance systems to help improve safety and cut down on fatigue issues. Though UPS says that it chose Arrival because it's the first European EV company to develop delivery vehicles to UPS's specifications, so one can assume the fact Royal Mail did it first has nothing to do with it.
The vans themselves look almost identical to the ones utilised by Royal Mail, albeit painted brown and with a different corporate logo. Which is to be expected, seeing as how UPS is not Royal Mail and doesn't have the same association with the colour red.
This news also comes shortly after UPS announced it had installed new charging technology at its Camden depot, which allows it to recharge an entire fleet of electric vehicles without having to go through with an expensive upgrade to the site's power supply grid.
Luke Wake, international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS said:
“UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions. UPS is marshaling its global scale to encourage innovation within the automotive industry. We are helping to drive demand for these disruptive technologies. The result is a safer and cleaner fleet for the communities in which we deliver.”