Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) announced it has delivered two of its all-electric MT E-CELL walk-in vans to UPS. According to a press release, Georgia-based UPS will deploy the zero-fuel-usage, zero-emissions vehicles in its fleet serving Laguna Hills, Calif.
“As an early developer of all-electric vehicle chassis technology, FCCC remains committed to engineering products that help companies meet their environmental goals,” said Mike Stark, senior technical sales manager, national accounts, for Gaffney, S.C.-based FCCC. “UPS’s addition of the MT E-CELL to its fleet is a powerful validation of both the technology and this vehicle’s reliability and durability in the most demanding real-world applications.”
Built on FCCC’s popular MT-45 chassis, the MT E-CELL combines advances in body and drivetrain technology with the productivity advantages of a traditional walk-in van.
“After promising results with the prototype all-electric vehicle, we are looking forward to getting similar production with these vehicles making real deliveries to our customers every day,” said Mike Britt, UPS’s director of maintenance and engineering international operations ground fleet. “Continuing to invest in fuel-efficient technology is a part of our overall environmental strategy.”
An all-electric single speed drive motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries offering 55.5 kilowatt hours of usable energy, provides the MT E-CELL with a driving range of up to 90 miles per charge. The system recharges through a standard 30 amp, 220 volt outlet and requires just six to eight hours to fully recharge from a completely discharged state.