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UPS Working With Thor on Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

| August 10, 2018

all-electric Class 6

UPS Inc. said it is working with Thor Trucks to develop all-electric Class 6 delivery trucks.

The Atlanta-based parcel giant said it plans to test Thor’s medium-duty truck for six months with a company driver behind the wheel in the Los Angeles area, one of the most congested metropolitan regions in the United States.

UPS wants “to support the research needed to make advances and the companies developing those innovative products,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering.

Thor, based in Los Angeles, is already working on its Class 8 ET-One fully electric heavy-duty truck. A prototype of their all-electric class 6 delivery truck was on display earlier this year at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo.

The all-electric Class 6 trucks under development with UPS have a driving range of about 100 miles, and is powered by a Thor-designed battery. A full charge takes about one hour, and the vehicle body is being produced by Morgan Olson.

Thor said it hopes the vehicles will be commercially available in early 2019, and is targeting a production price for a model with a 50-mile range starting at $68,000.

 

Category: General Update, Green, News, Vehicles

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