UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the deployment of four fully electric vehicles (EV) that will deliver packages in and around the city of Rotterdam. This deployment follows the introduction of six EVs on the streets of Amsterdam in October 2013. For this deployment, UPS partnered with FREVUE, an EU-supported urban e-mobility initiative that seeks to demonstrate to industry, consumers, and policy makers how electric freight vehicles can meet the growing need for sustainable urban logistics.
"At UPS sustainability is a fundamental part of the way we do business - keeping a balance between economic, environmental and social factors - and FREVUE's aim to assess and encourage the deployment of electric freight vehicles makes the project a perfect fit for us," said Peter Harris, director for sustainability at UPS Europe. "Thanks to their zero tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles help reduce particulates and nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere, and their quiet propulsion lessens the noise pollution in busy urban areas."
This vehicle model, known as the P80-E, has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVW) of 6,800kg and is powered by a single 90kw electric motor with 300Nm speed torque. It has a range of up to 100 km. This operating radius makes it ideal for short routes in urban areas like Rotterdam. Like every UPS delivery vehicle in Europe, the P80-E has a limited top speed of 80 km/h. To create this electric model, UPS worked with Germany-based company EFA-S (Elektro Fahrzeuge Schwaben GmbH) to convert vehicles from its existing, diesel-powered P80 fleet.
UPS continues to enhance its fleet using a "rolling laboratory" approach - employing its alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleet as a way to learn about how new technologies can be adapted for use in a large delivery fleet. UPS is also working with manufacturers, government agencies and non-profit organizations to advance new fuel technologies and run pilot projects before new vehicles are fully deployed.
"Mobility is key to the economic and social development of cities, and all cities, including Rotterdam, are faced with the challenge of finding the correct balance between economic activity and mobility. Congestion and air quality can be tackled with a range of measures, and our electric vehicles are definitely part of these, demonstrating our commitment to looking at innovative ways to improve efficiency and sustainability," said Henk Kammeraat, country manager, UPS Netherlands.
Another innovation present in the P80-E is a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). The KERS captures the energy created from braking to be reused. Vehicles are recharged from empty to full in around eight hours via an external power supply connected to the on-board charge unit.
UPS operates more than 3,100 AFVs worldwide, including more than 140 in Europe, with a variety of hybrid, electric and natural gas technologies. Between 2000 and 2012, UPS's alternative fuel fleet traveled more than 475 million kilometers making deliveries to homes and businesses, the distance of one round trip from Earth to Mars. The company has set the goal of 1.6 billion kilometers by the end of 2017.
UPS reports on its progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on fossil fuel annually in the company's sustainability report which can be found at UPS's dedicated website www.ups.com/Sustainability. The upcoming 2013 report is due to be released mid-year.
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Project duration: 4.5 years, February 2013-2017
Budget: €14.2m, with €8m from the European Commission
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 321622.
FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) demonstrates how electric freight vehicles offer a viable, clean and efficient alternative to conventional freight vehicles in urban freight delivery. Eight cities, 127 electric vehicles - FREVUE, towards zero emission deliveries at your doorstep. Visit www.frevue.eu Consortium: Cross River Partnership (Project Coordinator); Arup; Atos; Bring Express; City of Lisbon; City of Oslo; City of Stockholm; CTT Correios de Portugal; Empresa Publica Municipal de Estacionamento de Lisboa; Fortum Power and Heat; Heineken; HyER; Imperial College; Instituto Tecnologico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logistica; City of Amsterdam; City of Madrid; City of Milano; Nissan; Grupo Leche Pascual; POLIS; City of Rotterdam; SEUR; SINTEF; Smith Electric Vehicles; Trafikverket; TFL; TNO; TNT; UK Power Networks; UPS