UPS Delivering Christmas Presents Via Electric Truck

UPS started using Xebras electric three-wheelers shortly before Thanksgiving and will keep them through the end of the year.

Published: 20-Dec-2007

With gasoline prices soaring and its holiday delivery season peaking, the company known as Brown is going a little green.

United Parcel Service has leased 42 plug-in electric cars and trucks made by Zap of Santa Rosa to deliver smaller packages in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Novato, San Jose and Santa Cruz during this busy holiday season.

UPS won't get power steering, power brakes or power anything else with these little three-wheel Xebras. The company won't get any gasoline bills either. Nor will there be any tailpipe emissions to contribute to global warming. Zap stands for zero air pollution. With six dry-cell batteries powering its real-wheel-mounted motor, a Xebra can go up to 40 mph. It has a range of about 25 to 40 miles after being plugged into an ordinary electrical outlet overnight.


Woman says battery-powered car creates no emissions, doesn't pollute the air. Photo credit: by Kevin G. Gilbert, Herald-Mail Staff Photographer. High res version avaiable on paper web site.

The Volt can be fully charged by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for approximately six hours a day.

The Chevrolet Volt E-Flex concept electric car represents a marked shift at General Motors as the company tries to wrestle a reputation for high technology back from its archrival Toyota.


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