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A fleet of 35 electric vehicles (EVs) will take to the streets of London and Paris, following an announcementby UPS. The company will launch the trial later in 2018, with the purpose of testing the electric delivery fleet to see how they perform.

The trial of the state-of-the-art vehicles follows a collaboration between UPS and EV manufacturer Arrival, in which the companies developed a number of concepts and prototypes. The new zero emissions delivery vehicles to be seen in the UK and France are described as “lightweight composite vehicles.” They will have a range of approximately 150 miles (241 kilometers)..

Electromobility and alternative technology vehicles have been stated as a priority for UPS, with the company having a long history of experimentation with EVs.UPS announced plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks – an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large-scale fleet adoption. The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group, Inc. to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions. And, last December, UPS ordered 125 new fully-electric semi-tractors to be built by Tesla in 2019, the largest pre-order to date. Additionally, last September, UPS announced it will become the first commercial customer in the U.S. to start using three medium-duty electric trucks from Daimler Trucks Fuso brand, called the eCanter.

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