UPS is collaborating with Thor Trucks to develop and test a fully-electric class 6 delivery truck in Los Angeles.
Thor is a Los Angeles-based startup that recently came out of stealth mode by unveiling an electric semi truck prototype.
UPS is a leader in logistics which offers a broad range of solutions. It is also working with a range of companies to test and deploy promising alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles that will help it meet its sustainability goals.
The truck is expected to be ready for deployment later this year. It will have a driving range of approximately 100 miles and will be powered by a Thor-designed and built battery that will be lightweight, durable and allow long-range driving distances.
For six months, UPS will test the medium-duty electric delivery truck as part of its fleet. Testing will include off-road evaluation to address durability, battery capacity, technical integration, engineering and any items found during on-road testing.
Depending on the success of the deployment, UPS may make additional purchases of the electric vehicle. Electric vehicles, and the charging infrastructure needed to support them, play a critical role in UPS’s vision for its fleet of the future.