Zenith Motors To Deliver 45 All-Electric Trucks For DHL Using UQM Motors

OCT 8 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

Zenith Electric Shuttle Van & Cargo Van

Zenith Electric Shuttle Van & Cargo Van

Zenith Motors received an order for 45 all-electric trucks (or more likely vans in reality) from DHL Express USA. The vehicles will be used in both California and New York.

Zenith offers both cargo vans and shuttle vans, with range of up to around 100 miles. The shuttle van is rated for 90 miles by the EPA in the city (75 miles on the highway). according to Zenith Motors.

The cargo version, with a 62.1 kWh battery, can go up to 120 miles, but at this time there’s no indication that this is an EPA result.

Brochure about both versions with more information can be here.

UQM Technologies will supply 45 PowerPhase Pro 135 (135 kW and 340 Nm peak) drives to Zenith Motors.

“DHL has invested nearly $50 million in their fleet over the last two years, reducing average vehicle age from 6.7 years in 2012 to 3.6 years today. This purchase is a part of a clean vehicle initiative by DHL to add a variety of clean vehicles to its US fleet this year. According to DHL, this initiative will make their fleet one of the newest and most modern in the industry.”

William Yung, CEO of Zenith Motors, LLC remarked:

“Zenith has been greatly anticipating this order with DHL and is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the UQM powered full-electric delivery vehicles.”

Joe Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer and Interim President and CEO of UQM Technologies said:

 “Orders have been picking up steadily with Zenith Motors and this contract with DHL is a good sign for Zenith and their growth in the EV delivery vehicle market. As other major fleets begin to see the merits of electric vehicles and the efficiency and reliability of the UQM drive solutions, we anticipate seeing more good news like this.”

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7 Comments on "Zenith Motors To Deliver 45 All-Electric Trucks For DHL Using UQM Motors"

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Clearly, wealthy parcels going to cocktail parties.

lol 😀

If these are US bound vehicles, everything about them looks good. But what’s the price?

I like the options. 2 battery sizes as well as 1 or 2 Six kw chargers.

Not sure if the 2 charger model uses a second J1772 or if you can just use a 48-60 amp charging docking station with it. But anyways, Good Show!

High upfront cost, low fuel cost and if these are well engineered vehicles, low maintenance cost.

If these turn out to be economical alternatives for diesel vans I expect DHL and its competitors to order lots more of these.

I have an early Sprinter with which I am WELL pleased. It regularly gives me 25mpg, sometimes near 30. I now mostly use my Tesla for deliveries, though load space is sometimes a problem. I would consider an electric Sprinter with ~150 miles of range, though a smaller van would serve nearly as well.

The website says ‘Built in North America with US Engineering and Parts’ but it looks like they use a PSA/Fiat ‘Sevel’ van (like the Fiat Ducato) as starting point…

Hi!
Is the possible to buy Zenith Electric 350 Cargo Van in Norway.
We strongly need electric vans in this size in Oslo.