Why We’re Charged Up About EVs
By Juan Perez
UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer
When we look at where the transportation industry is heading, we see a future that is filled with innovation, collaboration and hope. Moreover, we're seeing new possibilities that offer practical solutions to daunting challenges.
At the street level, big changes are taking place. As new fuel and energy sources become available, we're able to build on that momentum to advance toward our carbon emissions reduction goals. And because we're moving goods on behalf of customers, we're helping to support their environmental goals as well.
One of the more practical solutions of the moment involves electrification. With a cleaner energy source and no tailpipe emissions, Electric Vehicles (EVs) have captured attention – but it's not just in the passenger vehicle market. At UPS, we're deploying them in a growing number of cities and suburbs worldwide. In many cities, our deliveries are being made by electrically-assisted bicycles, which have the added advantage of being able to bypass roads entirely by using available bike lanes. This means we're helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
Other energy sources that have gained our support include hydrogen fuel cells, which emit water, rather than CO2. Renewable natural gas is another source that holds promise – and the added benefit of keeping toxic gases from landfills from reaching the atmosphere. All of these energy sources and more are being tested and deployed in UPS's "Rolling Laboratory" of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. We've surpassed 9,000 vehicles, and we're still growing.
This shift toward renewable sources of fuel and alternatives to the combustion engine represents a major inflection point – not just for UPS, but for all of us. From passenger vehicles, to commercial fleets, and to the entire infrastructure that supports them, EV's and alternative fuels are reshaping our world.
I invite you to read the stories and news below, which offer a glimpse into new investments, new ideas, and new ways of pushing the big rock of sustainability up the steep hill of global trade.
We chose a few favorites from our Longitudes blog for you
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Here are a few highlights to keep you up-to-date
UPS is testing eBike deliveries in Central Paris, the latest addition to the growing number of city collaborations in Europe and the U.S.… Read more
This radical new charging technology overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid… Read more
UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies. UPS is teaming up with Workhorse Group to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions. Pilot testing of the vehicles will take place in urban routes across the U.S., including Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles… Read more
Innovations and Collaborations
BSR's Future of Fuels consortium has created a case study library that will, for the first time, allow fleet owners to compare clean fuel technologies independently tested and rated by peer companies.… Read more
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In this webinar hosted by World Resources Institute, Patrick Browne, UPS Director of Global Sustainability, shares insights into UPS's Rolling Laboratory and investments in renewable natural gas.