UPS is planning to switch its diesel delivery vehicles to electric with the financial backing of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The NYSERDA is investing $500,000 to help develop the technology and UPS plans to have a production version ready by early 2018.
A spokesman said it hopes to have 1,500 trucks, or 66 per cent of the city’s fleet, switched to electric by 2022.
Carlton Rose, UPS president of global fleet maintenance and engineering, said: “Public-private partnerships help push innovation forward and transform industries. This program will help UPS develop electric delivery trucks faster and more affordably. Because they are cleaner and quieter, electric vehicles are ideal for dense urban environments like New York City and are a critical part of our strategy for the future.”