UPS dropped some major coin in anticipation of getting a jump on the competition when it comes to renewable energies and moving people’s packages.
It seems like if you’re a large corporation and want to make a bold statement as an innovator and a proponent of renewable energies, you drop a large order of Tesla products. According to Fortune in their report they dropped earlier today (Dec. 19, 2017) UPS is taking a calculated risk and is banking on a timely delivery of Tesla products by ordering 125 full-size Tesla Semis. This comes just days after beverage juggernaut Pepsi tried to one-up everybody else with their 100 Tesla Semi order. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the Tesla Semi presentation in full below.
Back in June, UPS dropped a press release stating that they’re fully committed to more alternative vehicles powered by renewable energies by 2025 with a goal of reducing emissions of its entire global ground operations by 12 percent. For a company that operates literally thousands of vehicles on a daily basis, this is no small task. Like many other companies, UPS is utilizing a Science-Based Target initiative joining other US companies like Dell, Colgate, and General Mills to name a few that use this method.
UPS has a goal that 25 percent of the electricity it consumes will come from renewable energy sources by 2025, a dramatic increase from the 0.2 percent in 2016. In addition, by 2020 UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 percent in 2016. The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40 percent of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 percent in 2016.
Tesla semis will cost around $200,000 so this will be a multi-million dollar investment from UPS. If Tesla delivers these trucks in a timely fashion and UPS sees some major environmental gains by using all-electric power to move their heaviest ground loads, it would behoove UPS to switch more trucks to all-electric sooner rather than later.
In return, UPS will provide Tesla with real-world data on how their trucks function when put to the test.
Not only will UPS deliver your packages to your door without a peep, they’ll do it with a full load of packages warehouse to warehouse.