With the support of several state agencies, EVI will deploy 500 electric “return-to-base delivery trucks” over the next two years.
Electric Vehicles International (EVI), a Stockton, California-based maker of electric and hybrid commercial vans, today announced an initiative that will help implement Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s recent Executive Order, which calls for California to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.
With the support of several state agencies, EVI will deploy 500 electric “return-to-base delivery trucks” over the next two years. The new trucks, which will be built in California's Central Valley, are expected to eliminate up to 12 million miles worth of diesel emissions per year. UPS will put the first 100 trucks into service early this summer.
"Governor Brown's EV Executive Order is the type of leadership that drove our electric vehicle manufacturing operation to California from Mexico. We are proud to do our part to create jobs and clean the air in California," said Ricky Hanna, CEO of EVI.
California Energy Commission Chair Dr. Robert Weisenmiller said, "this is the type of bold action needed to strengthen our state's economy, create green jobs in California, and bolster advanced transportation infrastructure. EVI's endeavor is especially critical given the need to improve the air quality in the San Joaquin Valley and support Stockton's job market."
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