Electrification Technology Gains Momentum
Continued advances in vehicle range and cost will drive adoption of electric vehicles, while innovations in battery technology and solar energy will help address infrastructure challenges. With roughly 1,000 electric or hybrid electric vehicles already in operation in cities around the world, UPS expects to continue to lead the charge on electrification of medium-duty vehicles over the next five years. By 2020, one in four of our vehicles purchased annually will use advanced technology or alternative fuels — sending a clear signal to equipment manufacturers that electrification is here to stay. Investments made in 2017 are bringing us closer to this goal.
UPS will become the first commercial customer in the U.S. to use a new line of medium-duty electric trucks — called the eCanter — from Daimler Trucks’ Fuso brand. The eCanter is Daimler Trucks’ answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for inner-city distribution. It has a range of approximately 62 miles and a load capacity of two to three tons.
We plan to deploy a first-of-its-kind fuel cell electric delivery vehicle in Sacramento and Ontario, California. The Class 6 medium-duty delivery vehicle meets the same route and range requirements of UPS’s existing conventional fuel vehicles — but with zero tailpipe emissions.