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UPS orders 10,000 electric vehicles 

Published: 31 January 2020 - Carly Wills

UPS has announced an order of 10,000 purpose built electric vehicles worth 100's of millions of Euros from UK based company Arrival. 

The initial 10,000 vehicles will be rolled out in the UK, Europe and North America from 2020 to 2024 with the option to purchase a further order of 10,000 vehicles. UPS venture capital arm also announced an investment in Arrival of an undisclosed amount.

The vehicles will be built using Arrival’s new method of assembly using low capital, low footprint micro-factories located to serve local communities and profitable from thousands of units.

Arrival first announced a partnership with UPS to develop electric vehicles in 2016 with this vehicle order and investment accelerating the deployment of fit for purpose electric fleets at scale. Arrival’s unique Generation 2.0 electric vehicles offer UPS compelling commercial and environmental benefits to make a seamless and cost effective transition to a zero emissions fleet. 

Denis Sverdlov, founder and CEO of Arrival said: “UPS has been a strong strategic partner of Arrival, providing valuable insight to how electric delivery vans are used on the road and how they can be optimised for drivers. Together our teams have been creating bespoke electric vehicles, based on our flexible skateboard platforms, that meet the end-to-end needs of UPS from driving, loading/unloading, depot and back office operations. We are pleased that today’s investment and vehicle order creates even closer ties between our two companies.” 

Arrival has developed components, sustainable materials and software to customise both vehicles and operations of commercial fleet owners. The company’s unique skateboard platforms enable the creation of vehicles in any weight, type, size and shape to match customer requirements, which are then deployed close to areas of demand across the globe in Arrival’s microfactories.

Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer, UPS said: “UPS continues to build an integrated fleet of electric vehicles, combined with innovative, large-scale fleet charging technology.As mega-trends like population growth, urban migration, and e-commerce continue to accelerate, we recognise the need to work with partners around the world to solve both road congestion and pollution challenges for our customers and the communities we serve. Electric vehicles form a cornerstone to our sustainable urban delivery strategies. Taking an active investment role in Arrival enables UPS to collaborate in the design and production of the world’s most advanced electric delivery vehicles.”



 
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