Brown goes green as UPS orders 100 electric delivery vans

UPS plans to power up 100 new electric delivery vans in California early in 2012, replacing legacy diesel trucks and saving 126,000 gallons of fuel a year. The new brown beauties are built by Electric Vehicles International (EVI), a Stockton, California firm that’s been making commercial vehicles for 20 years.

EVI’s walk-in van comes in several configurations. It’s powered by a 200-kW electric motor from Colorado-based UQM Technologies, which is designed specifically for commercial applications, and gives the van a top speed of 62 mph and a range of up to 90 miles.

“We’re very pleased that UPS has selected the all-electric EVI delivery van for the expansion of its all-electric delivery van fleet program,” said Eric Ridenour, UQM Technologies CEO. “The expansion of our business with EVI into UPS vehicles represents a significant deployment of our higher power propulsion systems in the medium-duty commercial truck market and will drive revenue growth in this important segment.”

 

Image: Electric Vehicles International