Electric Vehicles

UPS to Deploy Electric Delivery Vans in Houston

December 16, 2014

Photo: AMP Electric Vehicles
Photo: AMP Electric Vehicles

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) have awarded project funding to UPS, in partnership with AMP Holding Inc., the parent company of AMP Electric Vehicles, to deploy 18 all-electric Workhorse E-100 walk-in vans in the Houston-Galveston, Texas, area.

According to AMP Electric Vehicles, the goal for this project is to demonstrate the capability of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles, while also significantly reducing vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) awarded a grant to H-GAC with an objective to accelerate the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. DOE selected this project to demonstrate technologies to improve local air quality in the Houston-Galveston area, which is currently designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) eight-hour ozone non-attainment area.

H-GAC is soliciting additional project partners to deploy at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. Interested fleets can find out more at: http://www.h-gac.com/purchasing/rfp/trn14-06.aspx.

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