Stockton, California – UPS has begun a 90-day demonstration trial of a new electric walk-in van. The EVI-WI is built by Electric Vehicles International, which has worked with UPS over the past year to develop a vehicle to meet the needs of the parcel delivery service industry.
The EVI-WI is built on a Freightliner chassis and received approval from the California Air Resource Board earlier this year, making it eligible for a US$20,000 rebate through a hybrid truck and bus incentive project.
The trial will be split into three 30-day demonstrations in vastly different regional locations, beginning in Sacramento, followed by San Francisco and Reno.
“We are excited to partner with UPS and to see the results of the demonstration,” said Steve Riley, vice-president of sales and marketing for EVI. “We believe the three regional locations will help prove that our truck can perform in any setting, from urban to hills, and various climate conditions.”