UPS placed the largest order for electric delivery trucks in the U.S., purchasing up to 950 Workhorse Class 5 N-Gen electric vans.

UPS Workhorse E-GEN Delivery Truck

UPS Workhorse E-GEN Delivery Truck

Trucks.com confirmed the news with UPS' spokeswoman.

According to the article, UPS participated in the development of the vehicles and secured itself by requiring that the vehicles match the performance figures provided. If not, then the order could be terminated at any time.

Deliveries are expected to begin in September. Pricing of the electric vans, rather surprisingly, expected to be comparable to conventional vans, so it's anticipated that through 20 years, each will generate savings of some $170,000. However, we need to note that any calculations of costs over such long periods are just guesses.

UPS previously announced a trial of 50 electric Workhorse vans, so we believe that the initial results must be satisfying.

Workhorse E-GEN spec:

  • weigh 5,500 pounds
  • 1,000-cubic foot cargo bays and can carry about 5,000 pounds of payload
  • 60 kWh battery
  • up to 100 miles (160 km) of range
  • $6 to travel 100 miles
UPS operates more than 300 electric and 700 hybrid vehicles, including three FUSO eCanter.

Source: Trucks.com