The US delivery service UPS will expand its fleet of vans by 10,000 electric delivery vehicles.
This was announced by the world logistics market leader at the end of January. The first of the new electric commercial vehicles could therefore enter service as early as this year. They are only to roll over the streets in Europe and North America first. UPS does cooperate with the German Streetscooter, but on a British start-up.
UPS cooperates with Arrival & becomes shareholder
The Go for the development and production of the 10,000 new Electric vans was awarded to the British start-up Arrival. The London-based start-up is said to have completed the contract by 2024 and was given an option to produce a further 10,000 vehicles. The company, which is responsible for production of the e-delivery van, held in the classic UPS brown tone, was founded in the British capital in 2015 and now has around 500 employees.
In addition to the placement of the contract, which is worth around 400 million dollars, UPS invests in Arrival. The investment in Arrival is an important step in addressing the challenges of urban traffic problems and environmental pollution, the US logistics company announced in a press release. As part of its cooperation with UPS, Arrival will also drive the development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Image source: Arrival Ltd.