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UPS starts trial of electric delivery van

04/09/2010

Shipping company UPS has started a 90-day demonstration of a electric walk-in van from California firm Electric Vehicles International.

The EVI-WI vehicle has been developed over the past year by the two companies, based on a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) glider equipped with a Utilimaster body.

The 90-day demonstration will be split into three 30-day, smaller demonstrations in vastly different regional locations. The vehicle demonstration will begin in Sacramento, followed by San Francisco and concluding in Reno.

This follows the announcement where UPS had added 30 next-generation hybrid delivery trucks to its fleet in Austin, Texas. The new vehicles join the 50 hybrid electric trucks already in use on routes in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix.

The HEVs use a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation body and a hybrid power system from Eaton Corporation.

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