It's Electric: UPS Fleet Adds 3 All-Electric Trucks

September 15, 2017

In a recent press release, UPS will be the first U.S. customer to use three all-electric Fuso eCanter light-duty trucks made by Daimler Trucks North America. These electric vehicles can drive 62 miles on a charge, saving $1,000 for every 6,000 miles it travels compared to the conventional diesel trucks used by UPS and other carriers.

We've seen a lot of talk about eco-friendly delivery, including an announcement by UPS earlier this year in which they highlight their commitment to reducing environmental impact. In fact, both UPS and FedEx are already using hybrid delivery vehicles. While the move to all-electric is hindered by a number of factors, like high prices, limited range and scarcity of charging stations, industry innovators know that switching to eco-friendly solutions will have a tremendously positive impact in the long run — especially as ecommerce continues to boom and the demand for deliveries keeps soaring. There can actually even be incentives for industry players who invest in electric vehicles such as savings on fuel. Plus, if the demand is there, new technology can help increase the range and decrease the costs... It's only a matter of time.

While we're not quite at the point that makes these vehicles accessible and commonplace, the seed has been planted. Big industry players are willing to invest in these technologies, and setting the trend for an eco-friendly shift in the future.