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UPS places order for 14 Modec electric vehicles

LBR Staff Writer Published 09 February 2011

UPS has placed an order for 14 purpose-built, electric vehicles with British manufacturer Modec, to increase the size of its UK green fleet to 20.

The 14 EVs will operate out of the company's Camden and Barking facilities, which lie within London's Low Emission Zone.

They will join the existing fleet of Modec vehicles which have been operating out of the Camden facility since 2009.

The company said that the EVs will form a key part of its fleet that will serve many of the host venues before, during and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

UPS managing director of UK, Ireland and Nordics Cindy Miller said "This is an important step in their continued commitment to making their UK operations more sustainable."

"Over the past few years, we have invested in technological improvements allowing us to expand our electric fleet, such as installing extra charging units at our London facilities," Miller said.

"With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games only eighteen months away, we are very focused on reducing the carbon footprint of our delivery network in the capital."

Developed by Modec, each electric vehicle can undertake around 60 miles on a 6 hour charge.

Modec sales director Roger Atkins said they have been working very closely for a number of years with the UPS team to ensure that their electric vehicles are an excellent commercial proposition, and that they can be seen on the streets in increasing numbers.

"As well as the global benefits of reduced emissions, improvement in local air quality is also vital - especially in London," Atkins said.