STOCKTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electric Vehicles International (EVI) announced that UPS is purchasing 100 fully electric commercial delivery vehicles for deployment in locations throughout California. This purchase marks the largest deployment of zero emission delivery vehicles in California, and one of the largest single deployments of commercial all-electric vehicles in the world.
“California’s hybrid-vehicle incentive program is helping put more of the very cleanest short-haul delivery trucks onto the roads and into the communities where they are most needed”
EVI and UPS have been working for over two years on this project, including a successful 90-day demonstration in the fall of 2010. Through that demonstration, UPS used data collected to analyze the vehicle return on investment. Early next year 100 class 6 walk-in delivery trucks with a 90-mile range will be placed in service to help clean California air in the South Coast Air Basin, San Joaquin Valley, and the Sacramento Valley.
EVI vehicles reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and noise pollution when compared to conventional vehicles. Once deployed, the vehicles will eliminate 126,000 gallons of fuel annually and will provide zero mobile source emissions.
“We are proud to provide 100 California-made vehicles to UPS beginning in January. UPS is an industry leader in implementing alterative fuel vehicles into their fleet, and we are excited to partner with them on this deployment. EVI would also like to thank the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, South Coast AQMD, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento AQMD, and the US EPA for their support and incentive funding. This purchase order will create dozens of new clean-tech jobs here in California,” stated Ricky Hanna, CEO of EVI.
“Today’s announcement of the deployment of 100 all-electric delivery vehicles introduces the cleanest, most efficient electric vehicles to our fleet, allowing us to continue to improve the environments we operate in and reduce our dependence on imported energy. EVI’s vehicle met our requirements in the test phase. Now we will operate these vehicles in the real world and help establish the future viability of this technology. EVI is aggressive at identifying and utilizing incentive funding to assist customers with fleet modernization deployments,” said Mike Britt, Director of Maintenance & Engineering for UPS.
EVI would like to thank Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership in advancing California’s electric vehicle industry. In addition, EVI thanks the following agencies for their support: the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District, and Sacramento Air Quality Management District.
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