UPS develops 15 range extended electric trucks with TEVVA

UPS at freight in The City

UPS has co-developed 15 7.5-tonne range-extended electric vehicles (REEV) with TEVVA, five of which operate from depots in Southampton, and 10 from Tamworth. The collaboration aims to address the range limitations of so-called ‘pure electric vehicles’.

All are fitted with a 23cu m steel box-bodies, which UPS claims should maintain the operational efficiency while avoiding the need for large numbers of smaller capacity EVs.

The REEVs utilise a small diesel engine as part of a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 150kW electric motor that can provide up to 2,000Nm of torque. One lithium ion 74kWh battery adds an additional 100km of range to the 300km. As a result the total combined range of the diesel hybrid REEVs is a claimed average of 400km in comparison to an average of 100km achieved by conventional EVs. The latter is “often not far enough to reach urban drop-off points”, said UPS.

Director of automotive engineering and advanced technology at UPS Luke Wake, said the range jump is the result of the latest collaboration, which means “we can serve our customers with lower emission, alternatively-fuelled vehicles in places beyond the reach of existing pure electric vehicles at this weight”.

The new vehicles will help towards lowering the shipping and logistics company’s emissions as commercial director of TEVVA Motors Richard Lidstone-Scott explained: “Commercial vehicles account for 27% of transport related C02 and 5% of total greenhouse gas emissions on Europe’s roads. EU legislation says that this needs to be cut by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030, and net zero in the UK by 2050.”

To see other urban innovations like this, be sure to visit the Freight in The City event at the Alexandra Palace in London on the 6 November!

Special edition Scania V8 launched

Scania (GB) has launched a special edition truck to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its V8 engine. The limited run of 25 S-series Highline tractor units will be available in 2-axle or 3-axle versions and will be individually numbered.

In addition to the usual V8 package, they will incorporate a range of unique features including a distinctive livery in a choice of three different anniversary colours – ruby red, arctic silver and sapphire blue – anniversary logos on the rear mudflaps and wheel hubs, and exclusive puddle lamps.

Inside there are more 1969-2019 logos, a microwave, coffee machine and large-screen infotainment system. Each one will also come with a numbered certificate.

“Since its debut in 1969, the Scania V8 has been turning heads around the world,” said Vincente Connolly, UK sales director for Scania (GB). “Today, it enjoys legendary status among operators and drivers alike and is regarded by many as the king of the road.

“In the UK, the V8 is an integral part of our success story representing a significant proportion of our sales – especially to long-haul operators, particularly those in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  We are therefore delighted to be celebrating the engine’s golden anniversary with this unique limited edition, and I would encourage anyone interested to contact their local Scania dealer as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

The trucks are available for order now, with deliveries from mid-November.

Find out more about the 50th anniversary Scania V8 limited edition at: ownthelegend.co.uk.