September 25, 2007

Purolator Courier introduces electric delivery vehicle

Purolator's Quicksider prototype electric delivery van
Purolator’s Quicksider prototype electric delivery van. Click image to enlarge

Toronto, Ontario – Purolator Courier has introduced the Quicksider prototype, a battery-operated electric delivery vehicle that the company says is the first of its kind in Canada to be used within the courier industry. The new vehicle will be tested and evaluated in Toronto.

Manufactured by Toronto-based Unicell Limited, in partnership with ArvinMeritor, the Quickside includes automatic doors, tight turning ratio and pneumatic suspensions that enable the truck to “kneel” to curb level to unload packages. Its electric drivetrain is expected to require less maintenance than a conventional diesel-powered curbside delivery vehicle.

In addition to the Quicksider prototype, Purolator has also added 30 new hybrid electric vehicles to its fleets, with 28 in Vancouver, one in Ottawa and one in Montreal. The company has had 19 hybrid vehicles and one fuel-cell hybrid electric vehicle in Toronto since 2005.

Preliminary design work on the Quicksider first began at Unicell in 2000; Purolator joined the development team in 2003 to provide recommendations to help make it more effective for use as a courier vehicle. Following successful completion of the prototype test pilot, additional Quicksiders will be assembled for more extensive testing. Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada, has allocated $2.1 to the next phase of the demonstration project.

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