US delivery service UPS has 35 new electric trucks but people only care about how cute they are

Not you, van! Picture: Getty Images

It’s great to hear that US delivery service UPS is on-board with the EV revolution.

It’s ordered 35 new delivery trucks from UK technology firm ARRIVAL. They’ll be trialled in the UK and France first, and operate with a total of zero exhaust emissions.

They’ll have a battery range of 250km and a host of extra tech including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to manage safety and driver fatigue.

All of which is very laudable. And it isn’t even UPS’s first foray into EVs. It’s ordered 125 of those Tesla semitrailers which it hopes will be built next year, and overall to date has invested nearly a billion dollars in some 1000 EVs and hybrid vehicles.

So what’s new here?

This:

Nawww. Picture: UPS

Exactly none of those 1000 vehicles already in UPS’s fleet are anywhere near as handsome as the new ARRIVALs.

UPS might say “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”.

But whether it’s accidental or not, if our brave new EV world is going to look like it’s – as Engadget calls it – “straight out of a Pixar movie”, then what are we waiting for?

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