UPS Sends Out New 100% Electric Trucks

upselectric28-1360351985UPS is making Green waves in California.  They’ve just released 100 brand new 100% electric trucks to make their delivery service more environmentally friendly.

“These all-electric vehicles remind us that California continues to be a dynamic center of innovation,” said Governor Jerry Brown. “These trucks were built here, they’ll be driven here and they’re already changing the way business is done here – cutting emissions and eliminating the need for tanker trucks worth of fossil fuels.”

Governor Brown, who intends to deploy zero emission vehicles across the state, applauds the company’s move towards a clean energy service.  “These UPS electric trucks will reduce the consumption of conventional motor fuel by approximately 126,000 gallons per year. Additional benefits include reduction of carbon emissions and noise. The vehicles have a range of up to 75 miles and primarily will deliver packages to customers in Sacramento, San Bernardino, Ceres, Fresno and Bakersfield”, writes UPS.

This initiative builds on similar work they’ve done in New York and Europe, adding more fuel-efficient vehicles to their roster.   The prospect for transport industries to move to electric vehicles is extremely encouraging, and represents an important shift in public thinking about energy and sustainability.  It is important, however, that as we move to electric vehicles we ensure that we aren’t producing the electricity needed for those vehicles by burning fossil fuels.  Serious moves to renewable energy sources are just as important as the move to electric, zero-emission vehicles –and hopefully these moves continue to pick up speed simultaneously.

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2 Comments on “UPS Sends Out New 100% Electric Trucks”

  1. andhastings February 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    The only trouble with this is that you won’t be able to hear the UPS truck coming from a mile away, increasing the likelihood of missing your delivery even more. =P

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