UPS is purchasing 100 fully electric commercial delivery vehicles from Electric Vehicles International (EVI) for deployment in locations throughout California. This purchase marks the largest deployment of electric delivery vehicles in California, and one of the largest single deployments of commercial all-electric vehicles in the world.
EVI and UPS have been working for over two years on this project, including a successful 90-day demonstration in the fall of 2010. (Earlier post.) Through that demonstration, UPS used data collected to analyze the vehicle return on investment. Early next year 100 class 6 walk-in delivery trucks with a 90-mile range will be placed in service in the South Coast Air Basin, San Joaquin Valley, and the Sacramento Valley.
The vehicles will be powered by Li-ion battery packs from Valence Technology, Inc., which announced a $7.2 million purchase order from EVI for the batteries.