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UPS Makes Plans To Convert Delivery Trucks In NYC To Electric

By Brian Spaen

The United Parcel Service will be upgrading their delivery trucks in New York City over the next five years. In order to help reach the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2030, UPS is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to convert diesel trucks to electric service vehicles. By next spring, the first redesigned truck will be on the streets with 1,500 being converted by 2022.

UPS is working with United Electric Solutions to create and test the new electric delivery trucks. The NYSERDA will be investing $500,000 into the new project. Creating and testing modifications to existing trucks will first take place, with what essentially will be a prototype being used in New York City by Spring 2018. 

United Electric Solutions has developed a high-voltage Switched Reluctance Motor that is optimized for service vehicles like UPS trucks. According to the press release, this system features “more miles per battery charge, reducing charging times, and increasing energy efficiency up to 20 percent.” The all-electric “uniqueEV” has a range up to 125 miles.