One of the world’s best known delivery companies is entering a partnership with electric truck maker Arrival (formerly Charge EV) to trial a fleet of zero-emissions box vans in major European cities.
UPS has been working with Arrival since 2016, when it was still known as Charge, and the two companies are now entering the ‘live stage’ of their EV trials, with a branded fleet of 35 Arrival trucks in their distinctive brown and gold UPS livery entering service in London and Paris this summer.
The Arrival vans are said to have a pure electric range of over 150 miles – enough to cover off the daily delivery route of most UPS vehicles – and the trail vehicles are claimed to be the first zero-emissions trucks to be fully developed in conjunction with UPS’s own bespoke specifications.
‘We’re excited to collaborate with UPS to create an affordable, modular, fully electric delivery vehicle designed to make deliveries in our busy cities clean and quiet,’ said Arrival CEO Denis Sverdlov.
The new Arrival delivery vehicles will join more than 300 electric vehicles and 700 hybrids that are currently operating on behalf of the parcel frim across the globe.