UPS Continues To Increase Electric Fleet In Germany By Converting Diesel Vehicles

DE 10/10/19


  • UPS to convert 33 diesel vehicles to electric or hybrid for use in Bielefeld, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover and Nuremberg
  • Conversion is part ZUKUNFT. DE, a project run by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to find ways to make the parcel sector more sustainable
  • Company publishes 17th annual sustainability report/first ever native digital report

UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced that it will be converting an additional 33 diesel delivery vehicles to electric or hybrid. The conversions are a part of ZUKUNFT. DE, an initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to explore ways to make package delivery more sustainable.

“Fleet electrification is one of the areas where we seek to act as an industry leader,” says Luke Wake, director of automotive engineering & advanced technology group, UPS International. “Our operations are well suited toward electric vehicle technologies but the lack of vehicle availability continues to prove frustrating. As one of the world’s leading logistics providers, we want to show with these conversions that the technology is here today, it’s real, it works and we want to encourage the mass adoption of commercial electric vehicles in the marketplace.”

Of the 33 vehicles, 15 will run purely on electricity, and the remaining 18 will be plugin hybrids. Two of the hybrid vehicles have already been deployed in Hanover, and the remaining 16 will be used in Bielefeld, Frankfurt and Nuremberg. The e-vehicles conversions will be used initially in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt-am-Main, with further cities to follow. The new 33 vehicles will enable a reduction of up to 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, providing a significant and positive impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

UPS has a long history of working with small businesses to provide the technological know-how for its vehicle conversions. The plugin hybrid drive technology has been sourced from the Lithuanian company Elinta and is being fitted in Germany by automotive manufacturer Sommer. The purely electric-powered vehicles are being refitted by German company EFA-S.

"We're electrifying the last mile. Low in emissions and quiet – that's how packages will soon arrive. We are investing ten million euros in sustainable delivery vehicles," says Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

More than 80 fully-electric delivery vehicles are now in use in Germany. Using its “rolling laboratory” approach, UPS deploys approximately 10,000 low-emission vehicles worldwide to determine what alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles work best in various routes and duty cycles. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.

Also, on September 5, UPS launched its annual sustainability report. To see UPS’s digital-first, fully-interactive 2018 Sustainability Report in its entirety, click Creating our Tomorrow, Sustainability. The report details efforts that took place during 2018 to advance the company’s 2020 and 2025 sustainability goals.

The Report describes seven enablers of progress UPS is leveraging to advance sustainability across UPS’s operations, as well as our customers’, in order to create a more sustainable tomorrow.

  • Transformative vision
  • Bold ideas
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Innovative technology
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Talent & teamwork
  • Community resilience

You can find further information about sustainability initiatives at UPS at

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Fortune magazine’s Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at or and its corporate blog can be found at The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at Learn more about our sustainability efforts at To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

ZUKUNFT. DE (Zustellverkehre kundenfreundlich, nachhaltig, flexibel und transparent. Durch Emissionsfreiheit) is a €9.9-million project funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the Elektromobilität vor Ort funding program. In total, 16 partners from the automotive industry, the energy sector, politics, the university sector and logistics – including UPS – are involved and are working to make the courier, express and parcel (CEP) sector cleaner and more sustainable. Program grants are being coordinated by NOW – Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie, and up to 500 electric transporters are set to be deployed in city-centre parcel delivery during the project. There are also plans to expand the charging infrastructure and to switch operational procedures in the CEP sector to electrical mobility.


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