UPS Is Trying Out These Awesome-Looking Boxy Electric Trucks In London And Paris

Photo: UPS

UPS is planning to deploy a fleet of 35 modular, all-electric delivery vehicles for a trial program in London and Paris, the company said Wednesday, and being as boxy as they are, I love them.


UPS said it’s teaming up with a United Kingdom-based tech firm called Arrival to develop the fleet. The vehicles will carry a battery range of more than 150 miles, UPS said, as well as advanced driver assistance systems to aid the operators.

Something I didn’t know is that UPS has a rather rich history with electric vehicles. The company says it first introduced them into its fleet in the 1930s, and then reintroduced a more modern electric vehicle in 2001. Currently, there’s more than 300 on the road in Europe and the U.S., but none look like the box-shaped adorable prototype seen here.

It’s not immediately clear what sort of advanced driver aid systems are going to be included, but I bet mail carriers would appreciate having a side-collision warning feature or automatic emergency braking.

UPS says the first vehicles from the fleet are supposed to be deployed by the end of 2018.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

About the author

Ryan Felton

Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk

PGP Fingerprint: C2D6 26D4 7E43 ADD2 9229 23F7 CE72 0426 0831 BC76PGP Key