The logistics giant have teamed up with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to eventually convert 66 percent of their New York City fleet to run off electric rather than diesel.
Carlton Rose, President of the global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS, said: "Public-private partnerships help push innovation forward and transform industries. This program will help UPS develop and deploy electric delivery trucks faster and more affordably. Because they are cleaner and quieter, electric vehicles are ideal for dense urban environments like New York City and are a critical part of our strategy for the future."
Whilst Alicia Barton, President and CEO at NYSERDA added: "This project is a prime example of the State's investment in new and innovative technology that can help us meet Governor Cuomo's nation-leading clean energy goals. I applaud UPS and Unique Electric Solutions for their leadership in developing this system that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has tremendous potential to be used by the entire delivery industry."
The project is in support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 by replacing diesel vehicles with cleaner technology such as electric.
NYSERDA will fund the $500,000 to develop and test this conversion system. It is expected that, if all goes to plan, these will be on the streets of New York City by Spring 2018.