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Old 03-08-2008, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UPS begins using Modec electric truck

Check it out: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008...sting-mod.html

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UPS has begun testing a Modec electric van (earlier post) which will operate from its Camden facility within the London Low Emission Zone.

On a single charge, the Modec van offers a range of more than 100 miles and a top speed of 50 mph carrying a load of up to two tonnes. The 70kW motor (102hp) develops 300Nm of torque.

Modec started with twin parallel-wired 288-volt Zebra sodium-nickel-chloride battery packs, with a life span of around four years (1,000 full charging cycles.) Regenerative braking recharges the batteries in addition to grid charging, which takes 8 hours for a complete charge.

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For me this represents an important step for EVs. If they can start to make it through the heavy duty cycles of industrial use they'll weasel they're way into normal driving.

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