SACRAMENTO, California, February 6, 2013 (ENS) – UPS is buying 100 electric commercial vehicles made in California and putting them to work delivering packages around the state, the company announced Tuesday.

At the same time, California Governor Jerry Brown released a Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan, the  most comprehensive effort by a state to accelerate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.

“These all-electric vehicles remind us that California continues to be a dynamic center of innovation,” said Governor Brown. “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.”

The state Office of Planning and Research released the Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan to implement Governor Brown’s March 2012 Executive Order to put 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025.

ZEVs under the executive order and action plan include hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

The Action Plan details concrete actions that state agencies are taking to help accelerate the market for plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles.

The plan supports the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Clean Car regulations which will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
Transportation is California’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Advanced Clean Car regulations are part of the suite of greenhouse gas emission reduction programs developed under the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and approved by the Air Resources Board to reduce those emissions to 1990 levels. Other AB 32 programs include the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Renewables Portfolio Standard and a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide.

Click here to read Governor Brown’s Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan.

EVI van

An EVI walk-in electric van like the ones UPS is buying, which will, of course, be painted brown. (Photo courtesy EVI)

The 100 electric walk-in vans that UPS is buying were manufactured in Stockton, California by Electric Vehicles International (EVI). The purchase of these vehicles from EVI is providing new jobs and revenue to the state, as well as creating vehicles that will improve air quality.

These UPS electric trucks will reduce the consumption of conventional motor fuel by approximately 126,000 gallons per year, said UPS.

Additional benefits include reduction of carbon emissions and noise.

The vehicles have a range of up to 75 miles and will deliver packages to customers in Sacramento, San Bernardino, Ceres, Fresno and Bakersfield.

“We currently operate more than 2,500 alternative fuel vehicles worldwide with a variety of hybrid, electric and natural gas technologies, making UPS the leader in logistics sustainability,” said Myron Gray, president of U.S. operations for UPS.

“We use our technology and logistics expertise to reduce emissions around the world and help test new automotive technologies.”

The partners responsible for making this project a success include the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Air Quality Management District and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“EPA’s funding of these electric delivery trucks highlights our commitment to the rapid deployment of electric vehicles as a means of cleaning the air, creating jobs and spurring innovation,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “California’s communities will benefit from both the local manufacturing of these UPS electric trucks and from the resulting elimination of harmful diesel emissions.”

“These vehicles are an example of how California is using vision, collaboration and ingenuity to lead the way on clean transportation,” said California Energy Commissioner Robert Weisenmiller. “Two years ago, the Energy Commission awarded crucial seed funding for the Air Resources Board program that helped put these clean, emission-free vehicles into service today, and will put many more on the road in future years.”

Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols said helping to fund UPS for the purchase of these 100 electric vans is good for the state.

“California’s hybrid-vehicle incentive program is helping put more of the very cleanest short-haul delivery trucks onto the roads and into the communities where they are most needed,” she said. “Assisting large fleets like UPS with the initial cost of these trucks helps move the cleanest technologies to market sooner, and advances California’s clean air standards and climate change goals.”

California’s share of the U.S. market for plug-in electric vehicles currently stands at nearly 40 percent and automakers are planning to launch fuel cell electric vehicles in California beginning in 2015.

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