UPS To Deploy 35 Arrival Electric Delivery Vans In London And Paris

JUN 30 2018 BY MARK KANE 17

UPS will trial in London and Paris 35 all-electric delivery vehicles supplied by UK-based Arrival, who earlier delivered the same vehicles to Royal Mail.

The modular, light-weight EVs for UPS will have range of 150 miles (240 km), which is significantly higher than other EVs currently in service, according to UPS.

The Arrival EVs are also the first purpose-built electric delivery vehicles to UPS’ specifications – UPS has been engaged in development of prototypes of different sizes since 2016.

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First units to be deployed on the road before the end of this year.

“The vehicles will also come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue. These features, combined with a highly advanced vehicle display provide the driver with an intelligent and connected vehicle.”

Luke Wake, international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS said:

Royal Mail’s electric vehicle

“UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions. UPS is marshaling its global scale to encourage innovation within the automotive industry. We are helping to drive demand for these disruptive technologies. The result is a safer and cleaner fleet for the communities in which we deliver.”

Denis Sverdlov, CEO of ARRIVAL said:

“We’re excited to collaborate with UPS to create an affordable, modular, fully electric delivery vehicle designed to make deliveries in our busy cities clean and quiet. With its unique, wrap-around front window the driver has a much wider field of view that improves not only the safety of the driver but also that of cyclists and pedestrians.”

Peter Harris, director for sustainability at UPS Europe said:

“This initiative will help UPS attain its global carbon reduction goals for the company’s facilities and fleets. We will continue working with our partners, communities and customers to spark innovation, thus leading the industry toward a more sustainable future.”

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Where are they building these?

Banbury Oxfordshire England according to their Wikipedia page.

The coolest looking vans on the road…

Yes, SO much better looking than that Workforce vans UPS uses in the states.

Workhorse. workhorse dot com/ngen
I like this design better but the workhorse design might work better if not doing city traffic as it appears more aerodynamic. Love the Arrival EV look.

That’s what I was going to post. Very futuristic. I like 🙂

How about adding more doors, windows and seats?

Could be a nice mini-bus EV.

Food truck!

Put a package into a nice seat, give it a good view, and i’m sure you will get happier packages to your customers.

I suppose you missed that these are being built to United Parcel Service specifications.

Yes, and I would buy one – if it can compete with alternatives from Renault, VW and Mercedes.
Love the cartoon like design.

I would guess there would be a huge RV market for these too, og they could deliver them as chassis/shells to different RV companies.

I wonder if a large RV manufacturer are thinking about creating their own electric RV, from the ground up. There would be huge advantages to the interior layout and features.

It is easier now, to buy all the parts needed. Will lower investment costs a lot, and keep the facility much smaller then if they made more of the parts themselves.

I think the purpose of the RV is to travel long distances to remote areas. With only 150 mile range it would require a VERY robust charging network and a lot of sitting around by the highway waiting for a charge on your vacation. I think at this point, unless the BERV were to have at least a 600 mile range, it’s kind of a non starter. Nobody would buy this van to use as an RV.

I could live with about 250km real world range between each stop – and a good fast charge option. One of the reasons I could live with that range is I normally travel with kids, and we stop at water parks, look around a lot of places – and we spend a few weeks (no real rush). Fuel is expensive in Europe, and the ability to save money is always welcome. I would rather spend the same money on local food in Spain, italy, Austria and so on. I live in Norway, and I use to drive through Denmark. We may stop in an amusement park, Legoland and stuff like that, but normally we don’t stop that much – given we’ve been there so many times. We stop a few times in the northern part of Germany, just to swim in outdoor pools and so on, before we choose where to head next. It is usually further south in Germany, but may drive to the Netherlands or France. I have a huge list of cities with museums and a special history too, so there are just so many places to stop. I love the scenery in Germany along the Mosel… Read more »

I can’t find anywhere where the battery kWh size is stated. Anyone know?? I search online some…

Excellent job UPS. Hope USPS also buys vans like this.

These are beautiful. Was thinking they should slope the glass but then realized that might add to air conditioning and build costs.
They should cover these in solar cells (sonos style) and also sell to these to the public. I think this is what the future of almost all vehicles looks like. This is also Tesla’s micro bus.

Sloped glass is needed on the race track or Bonneville salt lake; not in Paris and London city center trafic.

Neat design!