UPS makes maiden delivery using prototype advanced solar-powered vehicl
DUBAI, 15 November 2021 – UPS, the Official Logistics Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, has made its first delivery using a next-generation, clean-energy electric vehicle, with an off-grid charging system that makes use of solar power.
The new vehicle eliminates the need to charge electric vehicles within the Expo site, and is part of UPS’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Its first shipment was delivered to the France Pavilion on Monday morning.
UPS is working with DP World, the Official Premier Global Trade Partner of Expo, to showcase its transition to clean energy. During the six-month mega-event, UPS will use the system to charge its fleet of electric vehicles at DP World’s FLOW Pavilion. Sunlight is captured by panels on the pavilion’s roof, with the solar energy flowing through an inverter to an off-grid Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) unit, which powers the charging station.
Rachid Fergati, Managing Director, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, UPS, said: “This is the first of the new-generation delivery vehicles from the manufacturer, Arrival. The vehicle is powered by solar energy stored in photovoltaic panels, which are installed atop the DP World Pavilion. We are happy to deploy the first two prototypes at Expo. UPS is working with the manufacturer to enhance the features of these vehicles.”
UPS has more than 13,000 alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles deployed worldwide, and has placed an order for 10,000 of the new Arrival electric package delivery vehicles.