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BIRMINGHAM/SOUTHAMPTON, UK: September 03, 2019. UPS has begun operating vehicles in Birmingham and Southampton powered by new hybrid electric and diesel engine technology that increases the 7.5-tonne capacity vehicles’ range from 100kms to 400 kms.

The vehicles solve a problem faced by many companies operating in cities where warehouses and depots are often based further from the city centre by using geofencing technology to automatically switch to pure electric mode when reaching a predetermined boundary, such as prior to entering an urban environment or clean air zone.

Hybrid electric UPS truck UKThis same technology also allows the vehicle to switch to a significantly smaller and efficient diesel engine to recharge the battery, such as on the motorway connecting neighbouring towns and cities or to make a journey back to the UPS depot.

“This is a big breakthrough for our continued use of electric vehicles in the UK and for the communities we serve,” said Luke Wake, UPS International director of Automotive Engineering & Advanced Technology.

The vehicles were developed in conjunction with electric vehicle specialists TEVVA and part-funded by The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK.

“Commercial vehicles account for 27 percent of transport related CO2 and 5.0 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions on Europe’s roads. EU legislation says that this needs to be cut by 15 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030, and Net Zero in the UK by 2050,” commented Richard Lidstone-Scott, TEVVA Motors Commercial director.

“What that means is that the electrification of the medium duty truck sector is inevitable, yet many firms and OEMs are still scratching their heads about how and when to make that happen. At TEVVA we already have viable technology, proven in real-world trials, which can help companies like UPS reduce emissions to almost zero without compromising their business-critical ability to carry full payloads,” he added.

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