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UPS develops 15 range extended electric trucks with Tevva

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UPS has introduced a new line of 15 range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) to its parcel delivery fleet including ten at its Tamworth depot and another five in Southampton.

The hybrid-electric vehicles, which have an average combined power range of up to 400km, and can automatically switch to electric power when entering urban areas and clean air zones, use geofencing technology to switch to electric model at predetermined boundaries. They were developed alongside Tevva Motors and part-funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK and form part of UPS’s ‘rolling laboratory’ programme to evolve various alternatively fuelled vehicles.

The trucks come with a 150kW electric motor providing an electronically limited ability of up to 2,000Nm of torque. Its powertrain is supported by a lithium-ion 74kWh battery, giving an operational EV range of at least 100km. UPS says current 7.5-tonne electric delivery vehicles have an average range of 100km, often not sufficient to reach urban drop-off points.

Richard Lidstone-Scott, Tevva Motors Commercial Director. said: “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.”