Electric Delivery Trucks Headed to Texas: UPS to Get 18 Workhorse E-100 All Electric Walk-In Vans.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) are excited to announce an award of project funding to UPS , in partnership with AMP Holding Inc., to deploy 18 Workhorse E-100 All Electric Walk-In Vans with 100 kWh battery packs in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area. 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.
CTE, a nonprofit and leader in alternative transportation technology deployments, will manage the two-year demonstration project, collect operational data and report on the project’s impact. The combined efforts of project partners will help further DOE’s objective of developing the market for all-electric heavy-duty fleet transportation technologies.
CTE facilitates the rapid development, commercialization, and public acceptance of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $290 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council is the region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. Its service area is 12,500 square miles and contains more than six million people. H-GAC's mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region's orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.
AMP Holding Inc. is the parent company of AMP Electric Vehicles Inc. and AMP Trucks Inc. Amp Electric Vehicles manufactures electric drive systems for medium-duty, class 3-6 commercial truck platforms. AMP Trucks, Inc., which purchased the assets of Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC from Navistar in March of 2013, can equip its Workhorse chassis with gasoline, propane, or CNG engines.
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