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UPS to increase electric fleet in Germany

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UPS has announced plans to convert 33 diesel vehicles to electric (15) and hybrids (18) following its addition of 6,000 natural gas vehicles to its fleet.

Two hybrid vehicles have already been deployed in Hanover, with the remainder being deployed in Bielefeld, Frankfurt and Nuremberg. Meanwhile, UPS’ e-vehicles will be deployed in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt-am-Main first with additional cities to follow.

It has been reported that the new addition will create a reduction of up to 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

The latest conversion plans from UPS are a part of the ZUKUNFT.DE initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to make package delivery more sustainable.

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“Fleet electrification is one of the areas where we seek to act as an industry leader,” commented Luke Wake, director of automotive engineering & advanced technology group, UPS International. “Our operations are well suited toward electric vehicle technologies but the lack of vehicle availability continues to prove frustrating. As one of the world’s leading logistics providers, we want to show with these conversions that the technology is here today, it’s real, it works and we want to encourage the mass adoption of commercial electric vehicles in the marketplace.”

The technology within the hybrid vehicles have been sourced from Lithuanian company, Elinta and fitted by German automotive manufacturer Sommer. While the electric vehicles are being refitted by German company EFA-S.

"We're electrifying the last mile. Low in emissions and quiet – that's how packages will soon arrive. We are investing ten million euros in sustainable delivery vehicles," said Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Did you know? UPS deploys 10,000 low emission vehicles worldwide to determine what alternative fuels and technology works best for different routes and deliveries.

 

Founded: 1907

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

CEO: David Abney

Revenue: US$72bn (2018)

No. of Employees: 481,000 (globally)

 

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