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UPS deploys 18 electric trucks in highly-polluted Texas area

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Staff writer ▼ | October 30, 2015
UPS deployed 18 electric, zero emission delivery vehicles to the Houston-Galveston area in Texas. The truck purchases are the result of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), local governments and non-profits.
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Clean delivery   National Ambient Air Quality Non-Attainment Area
These vehicles, designed and built specifically by the Workhorse Group for the “stop and go” needs of a UPS delivery truck, will avoid the consumption of an estimated 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel over 20 years.

The DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) provided a grant toward the vehicles as part of an ongoing effort to improve air quality in the Houston-Galveston area.

The region is currently designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Non-Attainment Area — a region where air pollution levels persistently exceed national air quality standards.

Grants offset research and development costs necessary to design and build these prototype vehicles, with the goal being to further the development and eventually lower the cost of low or zero emission commercial vehicles.

The electric trucks operate with electric motors and rechargeable batteries that supply seamless acceleration and regenerative braking, creating a safe, highly efficient vehicle. Delivery of the vehicles began last month and will continue throughout the fall.