Here's What Brown Can Do for Tesla Motors

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
here s what brown can do for tesla motors

The United Parcel Service said Tuesday it will purchase 125 all-electric semi trucks from Tesla, surpassing PepsiCo’s order to make it the largest known order for the vehicle thus far. While the purchase isn’t tantamount to UPS making a complete shift to an electric fleet, the company has previously stated it wants to convert up to 1,500 delivery trucks in New York to battery electric units and has been researching non-traditional powertrains for some time.

With so many of its trips taking place between distribution hubs, a medium-range EV truck boasting a high capacity could be a good fit for UPS. At the very least, Tesla seems to think so — the delivery service provided the automaker with extensive data on how its trucks function on real-world routes in order to evaluate how the hulking BEVs might perform in its fleet. Of course, the cooperative experience also helps both companies promote themselves as leaders in the green revolution.

“For more than a century, UPS has led the industry in testing and implementing new technologies for more efficient fleet operations. We look forward to expanding further our commitment to fleet excellence with Tesla,” explained Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer, in a statement. “These groundbreaking electric tractors are poised to usher in a new era in improved safety, reduced environmental impact, and reduced cost of ownership.”

Dropping any and all cynicism, UPS does have one of the most extensive alternatively fueled fleets in the world. Bent on saving cash, the company has invested into all manner of tech to reduce fuel expenditures. It’s perpetually hunting for the next piece of technology that will bolster its bottom line.

However, it has to test those vehicles to ensure they’ll work as intended and Tesla’s truck will be no different. “As with any introductory technology for our fleet, we want to make sure it’s in a position to succeed,” Scott Phillippi, UPS senior director for automotive maintenance and engineering for international operations, told Reuters.

Phillippi said the 125 trucks are being purchased so UPS to conduct a proper test of their abilities. With the company was still determining their routes, he claimed they’ll primarily be used within the United States, with Tesla providing consultation and assistance on the charging infrastructure. “We have high expectations and are very optimistic that this will be a good product and it will have firm support from Tesla to make it work,” he said.

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Dec 20, 2017

    Isn't this just kind of us coming full circle? Weren't milk trucks and what not back in the day electric?

  • El scotto El scotto on Dec 20, 2017

    One UPS long haul drive leaves Point A. Another UPS drive leaves Point B. No, this won't be an algebra problem. The drivers meet midway between Point A and Point B. The drivers swap trailers and return to their Starting Points. They drive safely, at the speed limit, for an eight hour day. Easy enough for an electric semi. I could see them switching back to a diesel truck on "iffy" weather days. Two full tanks of diesel will keep a driver toasty warm while waiting out a snowstorm.

  • Tassos The EQS is the best looking BEV, better than even the only Tesla I would ever consider (the S) and more luxurious inside etc etcThe self driving features will come in handy when I'm 110 and my eyesight and reaction times start to suffer.But that's four decades away, and only Tim recommends 40 year old "used cars"
  • Tassos "Baby, Baby light my fire!""Oh God please give me a Kia Forte" --Janis Joplin
  • Tassos The fugly looks of any Subaru, and especially the non-sporty non-elegant, fugly, low-rent looks and interior of the WRX are alone a sufficient turnoff to never want to own one.One can be a 100% car enthusiast but ALSO demand a beautiful AND luxurious vehicle one can be truly proud of and which makes one very happy every time one drives it.The above is obviously totally foreign to Subaru Designers and managers.Αnd who cares if they sell all they make? this is 100% worthless bragging, since they hardly make ANY. ALL of Subaru's models together, all dozen of them, sell less than the top selling Toyota or Honda or even Tesla sells. ANd furthermore, if you have the intellectual horsepower to understand it, bulldude, which I am 99% sure you sure as hell do not, it is NOT about the sales units, it is not even about the sales revenue.It is all about the P R O F I T S.Am I going slow enough for you, bulldude?
  • Thehyundaigarage Am I the only one that sees a Peugeot 508?
  • Lou_BC I realized it wasn't EV's burning by the absence of the usual suspects.