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ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES

The Latest News From the UPS Rolling Laboratory

ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES

The Latest News From the UPS Rolling Laboratory

10,000+ Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in UPS’s fleet

Much of our work happens on the road. That’s why UPS takes a “rolling laboratory” approach to its fleet, working with manufacturers, government agencies, and other stakeholders around the world to test prototypes in real-world scenarios before vehicles are ready for commercial deployment.

With one of the largest private commercial fleets in the world, this strategy not only gives us access to vehicles on the leading edge of technology, but it allows us to lead our industry and encourage manufacturers to innovate more fuel-efficient safe, and affordable vehicles. See how our rolling lab expanded in 2018 below.

ADVANCE TECHNOLOGIES ENTERING OUR FLEET:

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XOS

In collaboration with Xos (formerly Thor Trucks), UPS will test a fully-electric Class 6 delivery truck in Los Angeles, California. The truck will have a driving range of approximately 100 miles, powered by a lightweight and durable battery designed by Xos. UPS will test the truck for six months, including off-road evaluation to address durability battery capacity, technical integration, engineering, and any issues found during on-road testing.

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WORKHORSE

UPS and Workhorse Group, Inc. are working together to design a fleet of Class 5 electric delivery trucks from the ground up. We will deploy these electric vehicles at various U.S. locations that will deliver by day and recharge overnight, providing a clean, quiet experience in urban areas. The trucks plan to be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large-scale fleet adoption.

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ARRIVAL

Thanks to years of collaboration with U.K.-based technology firm ARRIVAL, UPS will soon have its first electric delivery vehicles in Europe purpose-built to our specifications. A pilot fleet will first be tested in London and Paris. The vehicles will come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue. These features, combined with a highly advanced vehicle display, provide the driver with an intelligent, connected vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions.

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TESLA

UPS will be among the first to use Tesla’s new fully electric Semi tractors. We have reserved 125 of the vehicles, which are expected to achieve up to 500 miles of range on a single charge. The tractors come equipped with advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated lane guidance, and brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire with redundancy. To ensure the tractors are ready for stringent UPS use cases, we provided Tesla with real-world trucking lane information, which will help Tesla evaluate performance for the UPS duty cycle.

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COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS

In 2018, UPS announced plans to build five additional compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles, including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks. The new CNG stations are located in Goodyear, Arizona, Plainfield, Indiana, Edgerton, Kansas, Fort Worth, Texas, and Arlington, Texas. The new semi-tractors were supplied by Freightliner and Kenworth, while the terminal trucks were supplied by TICO. Some of the new vehicles were deployed to use at our new CNG stations, while others were added to existing natural gas fleets in other locations.

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RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS

Building CNG capacity is an important enabler for increasing UPS’s use of renewable natural gas (RNG). UPS is the largest consumer of RNG in the transportation sector. Since 2014, we have used more than 28 million gallons of the fuel in our ground fleet, which reduces the need for fossil fuels by supporting the capture and use of harmful methane gas. We recently announced an agreement to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of RNG through 2026 from Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

In today’s business world it’s not enough just to adapt to change. You’d better be leading the change—and UPS is doing just that with our investments in innovative fleet technology.

- Carlton Rose,
President of Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering

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