Intelligent environmentally-friendly vehicle launched in Birmingham

Intelligent environmentally-friendly vehicle launched in Birmingham

26/09/2019

An environmentally-friendly delivery vehicle created by a major logistics company was launched in Birmingham before it is used on the city’s streets.

An environmentally-friendly delivery vehicle created by a major logistics company was launched in Birmingham before it is used on the city’s streets.
 
An innovative Range-Extended Electric Vehicle (REEV), produced in partnership between UPS and Tevva Motors, was brought into Victoria Square, with delegates from each company discussing plans for the roll-out and beyond with council leaders.
 
The vehicle uses geofencing technology to automatically switch to pure electric mode when reaching a predetermined boundary, such as prior to entering an urban environment or clean air zone. 
 
They also operate using groundbreaking hybrid electric vehicle technology, which increases route range whilst maintaining the cargo capacity of traditional diesel vehicles of the same weight class.
 
The launch comes ahead of Birmingham’s introduction of a Clean Air Zone in 2020, where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. 
 
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are excited and proud that this ground-breaking vehicle is being launched in our city.
 
“As many as 900 people per year die early in Birmingham as a result of air pollution and we have a lot to do to address this.
 
“The introduction of the Clean Air Zone is the start of this and we need the support of our business community to really make this work.
 
“This is an example of the positive solutions that are already being created in order to improve environmental health.”
 
The Government has said that Birmingham needs a Clean Air Zone and that the city needs to reduce levels of NO2 in the air to a maximum average of 40μg/m3 as soon as possible.
 
Mark Vale, UPS President for UK, Ireland and the Nordics, said: “This is a great initiative for us, which really helps with the city’s sustainability objectives.
 
“Electrical vehicle technology is evolving and this technology we have worked on with TEVVA has enabled us to extend electric vehicles range from 100km to 400km, meaning we can go in and out of the city every day.
 
“This is game-changing technology because we want to be ahead of the Clean Air Zone 2020 initiative.”
 
Tevva Motors Ltd was established in 2013 to become a global leader in electric powered commercial vehicles, after founder Asher Bennett, who served in the Israeli navy, took note of how Israel’s submarines were being powered during long missions at sea.
 
The company has strived to figure out how to use the electric battery technology originally developed to power submarines in its eco-friendly trucks.
 
Richard Lidstone-Scott, Chief Operating Officer at Tevva, said: “Not long after our initial conception as a company, we met UPS and launched our first prototype vehicle in 2015.
 
“Now we have rolled out 15 of these REEVs which we can guarantee thanks to geofencing technology, will be able to adhere to Clean Air Zones, Low Emission Zones and Ultra Low Emission Zones moving forward.”


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