London's logistics go EV

London's logistics go EV

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UPS is upgrading its entire 170-unit central London truck operation to run on electricity, doubling its EV fleet in the UK capital. The logistics giant is partnering with UK Power Networks and Cross River Partnership to develop a system using on-site battery storage so that not all vehicles need to charge simultaneously.

UK Power Networks Services says the solution has enabled UPS to increase its EV fleet without upgrading their network connection, “paving the way for future electrification of delivery vehicles in our cities”.

“UPS thinks this is a world first, right in the heart of a mega-city,” says Peter Harris, director of sustainability at UPS Europe. “We are using new technology to work around some big obstacles to electric vehicle deployment.”

UPS last year said it planned to source 25% of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2025, up sharply from 0.2% in 2017. It also aims to ensure that one-quarter of new vehicles acquired every year will use alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology.

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