UPS partners with LA-based startup Thor Trucks to build new electric truck
In a recent announcement, parcel delivery company UPS has revealed that it has partnered with startup Thor Trucks for manufacturing a new electric truck. Thor Trucks is a Los Angeles-based which came out of stealth mode earlier in 2018, when it unveiled a prototype of an electric semi truck.
According to the announcement, UPS has signed a contract with Thor Trucks under which a fully-electric class 6 delivery truck will be developed and tested by the startup. The contract marks the first collaboration for Thor Trucks.
Thor Trucks has revealed that it has produced two trucks, which will be tested by UPS for a period of six months. The testing of the trucks by UPS will apparently include on-road as well as off-road testing. The off-road assessment will be aimed at addressing the issues found during on-road testing, with regard to the trucks’ engineering, sturdiness, battery capacity, and technical integration, among other things.
Thor Trucks has also said that additional purchases of the electric trucks will be made by UPS on the basis of successful deployment of the vehicles during the testing period.
Meanwhile, about UPS’ partnership with Thor Trucks, Carlton Rose -- UPS President of global fleet maintenance and engineering -- said: “UPS believes in the future of commercial electric vehicles. We want to support the research needed to make advances and the companies developing those innovative products.”
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