The United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS)announced today that it will be collaborating with Thor Trucks, Inc., a Los Angeles based startup, to develop and test a fully electric class 6 delivery truck. Both Companies are expecting the development and deployment of the truck to be completed later in the year.
“UPS believes in the future of commercial electric vehicles. We want to support the research needed to make advances and the companies developing those innovative products,” said Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. “Performance is critical in our fleet. We are excited to get this vehicle on the road to test how it handles routes in and around Los Angeles.”
The electric delivery truck is expected to have a driving range of approximately 100 miles and will be powered by a lightweight, durable battery designed by Thor Trucks. UPS will be testing the truck for six months in order to discover its battery capacity and technical integration before deciding to buy more.
The move to develop a fully electric delivery truck is in line with the delivery Company’s plan to incorporate 9,300 low-emission vehicles, including fully electric, hybrid, and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles.
UPS has already partnered with other companies, including Workhorse Group Inc., Daimler, Tesla, and ARRIVAL, in an attempt to lower its emissions.
“We’re excited about working with a forward-thinking company like UPS, particularly as our first collaboration,” said Dakota Semler, co-founder and CEO of Thor Trucks. “UPS is committed to sustainability and operates one of the most well-respected and complex fleets in the country.”