State-Backed Project to Convert UPS Diesel Trucks to Electric in NYC
November 10, 2017  Joseph Bebon


UPS and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) have announced [
] a state-funded project to develop new technology to convert UPS package
delivery vehicles from diesel to electric for use in New York City. UPS and
Unique Electric Solutions LLC will design, build, test and make the
conversions. The project supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal to reduce
greenhouse-gas emissions 40% by 2030 by replacing diesel vehicles with clean

“Public-private partnerships help push innovation forward and transform
industries,” says Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and
engineering at UPS. “This program will help UPS develop and deploy electric
delivery trucks faster and more affordably. Because they are cleaner and
quieter, electric vehicles are ideal for dense urban environments like New
York City and are a critical part of our strategy for the future.”

NYSERDA is providing $500,000 in funding to develop and test the conversion
system. If successful, the Bronx-based project is expected to bring a
production version of the converted truck to the streets of New York City by
spring 2018. In addition to producing a new, cost-effective all-electric
conversion kit, the project will deliver a blueprint for converting up to
three UPS vehicles a day. This could lead to the conversion of up to 1,500
UPS delivery trucks, about 66% of UPS’ local fleet, operating in New York
City by 2022.

Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, says, “This project is a prime
example of the state’s investment in new and innovative technology that can
help us meet Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals. I applaud
UPS and Unique Electric Solutions for their leadership in developing this
system that can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and has tremendous
potential to be used by the entire delivery industry.”

The conversions will be based on electric vehicle technology developed by
Unique Electric Solutions. The core system features a 225 kW Switched
Reluctance Motor (SRM) with a high-voltage backbone optimized for the duty
cycle of UPS delivery trucks. SRMs are simpler, cheaper and better suited
for electric vehicles over conventional induction motors and do not rely on
the use of magnets made from imported rare earth metals like permanent
magnet motors do. Overall, the Unique Electric Solutions SRM propulsion
system provides more miles per battery charge, reducing charging times and
increasing energy efficiency up to 20%.

This project is part of UPS’ commitment to helping cities and states around
the world reduce carbon and other tailpipe emissions as urban areas and
e-commerce grow. UPS operates more than 770 electric or hybrid-electric
vehicles in urban settings around the world. They are part of a fleet of
more than 8,500 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide.
UPS recently set a goal that by 2020, one in four vehicles purchased
annually will use alternative fuels or advanced technology. The company has
invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology
vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009.
[© 2017 Zackin Publications]
UPS is converting diesel trucks to electric for NYC deliveries
11.10.17  UPS is investing more seriously in electric vehicles, testing out
new EV delivery vans in California and snagging some of Mitsubishi Fuso's
urban trucks coming ...
UPS has a plan to transform diesel trucks into electric vehicles
UPS is giving some its fossil-fuel powered vehicles a green energy makeover.
The company has over 108,000 delivery vehicles deployed on routes around the
UPS launches eBike delivery in Pittsburgh
Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys more than 8,500
low-emission vehicles to determine what works best in each situation. From
old-fashioned …
UPS launched an eBike that will deliver packages in Pittsburgh, Pa. The
electrically-assisted tricycle will help reduce carbon emissions in addition
to traffic, ...

For EVLN EV-newswire posts use:


Sent from:
Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA (

Reply via email to