United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) is set to deploy a hundred electric trucks as part of its West Sacramento, California hub.
The announcement was made jointly by state Governor Jerry Brown, the EPA, and Stockton’s Electric Vehicles International, the truck manufacturer.
From the Sacramento Business Journal:
“These all-electric vehicles remind us that California continues to be a dynamic center of innovation,” Brown said. “These trucks were built here, they’ll be driven here and they’re already changing the way business is done here — cutting emissions and eliminating the need for tanker trucks worth of fossil fuels.”
It is expected that this move will cut down on conventional fuel consumption in the region by some 126,000 gallons annually, and this goes some way toward meeting Governor Brown’s mandate for wider deployment of zero-emissions vehicles.
Presently, UPS already has more than 2,500 alternative fuel vehicles in use worldwide.
For this particular project, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the U.S. EPA, and the air districts of Sacramento, San Joaquin, and the South Coast were all involved.