UPS Purchases 125 Ultra-Efficient Hybrid Trucks
Efficiency Claimed to be “Four Times” That of Gasoline Truck
When you hear the term “hybrid,” most people’s minds immediately go to the Toyota Prius. Likewise, the Chevrolet Volt is the first vehicle that pops to mind when the term “plug-in” is uttered. However, electrically assisted propulsion is not limited to passenger cars. Development of electrified commercial vehicles is going ahead at full tilt, and some major players are signing up to give these new technologies a try. UPS has just announced its purchase of 125 plug-in hybrid models that it will deploy across Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in the first half of 2016.
The trucks are based on a chassis sourced from Workhorse Group, a commercial chassis and vehicle builder based in the Cincinnati, Ohio, suburb of Loveland. The system’s main source of motivation is a 268hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. When the vehicle is parked, a 2.4L I-4 making just 30 hp kicks into action to charge up the 61 kWh Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs. A seven-hour plug-in to a J1772 Level-II charger gives a range of 50-60 miles. The electric motor is direct-drive. There is no transmission. The specific price of the new truck was not announced but was described as costing “slightly more than a similar truck with a conventional engine.” The four-cylinder range extender can be specified to run on gasoline, natural gas, or propane.
Source: UPS, Workhorse