UPS and UK technology company Arrival have partnered to develop a fleet of 35 modular electric delivery vehicles for trial in London and Paris. UPS said the first vehicles are expected to be deployed before the end of 2018.
The adorable design isn’t just about a more futuristic and palatable aesthetic—it’s a safety feature. The curved edges give truck drivers a wider field of vision that allow them have better awareness of cyclists and pedestrians. This is part of the Arrival’s focus on equipping the new vehicle with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that improve safety and reduce driver fatigue.
UPS says the trucks have a longer range than other delivery vehicles, reaching around 240 kilometers on a single charge. UPS currently has over 300 electric vehicles and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles on the road in Europe and the US. UPS says since 2009, it has invested $750 million into high-tech and alternative fuel vehicles.
“UPS is working with Arrival here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions,” said Luke Wake, international director for automative engineering at UPS.
“This initiative will help UPS attain its global carbon reduction goals for the company’s facilities and fleets,” said Peter Harris, director for sustainability at UPS Europe. “We will continue working with our partners, communities, and customers to spark innovation, thus leading the industry toward a more sustainable future.”
Companies that provide services like taxis and delivery vehicles are increasingly turning to zero-emission electric vehicles to battle high levels of pollution in dense, environmentally aware cities like London and Paris.