Logistics giant UPS is teaming up with UK technology firm ARRIVAL to trial a fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles in London and Paris.
Looking like something out of a sci-fi movie, the lightweight, zero emission vans will have a range of 150 miles.
They will also come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue.
“UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel,” said Luke Wake, international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS.
“This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions.”
Denis Sverdlov, CEO of ARRIVAL, added: “We’re excited to collaborate with UPS to create an affordable, modular, fully electric delivery vehicle designed to make deliveries in our busy cities clean and quiet.
“With its unique, wrap-around front window the driver has a much wider field of view that improves not only the safety of the driver but also that of cyclists and pedestrians.”
UPS has a long history with electric vehicles, having first introduced them into its fleet in the US way back in the 1930s, and then reintroducing modern EVs in 2001.
Currently, UPS has more than 300 EVs deployed in Europe and the US, and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles.
Last December, UPS ordered 125 new fully-electric semi-tractors to be built by Tesla in 2019, the largest pre-order to date.