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Zenith Motors Signs Electric Delivery Truck Order With DHL Express

September 25, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Technology
Zenith Motors Signs Electric Delivery Truck Order With DHL Express

UQM Technologies announced that Zenith Motors has received a 45-unit all-electric truck order from DHL Express USA, the worldwide package delivery firm. The Zenith delivery vehicles are powered by the UQM PowerPhase Pro 135 propulsion systems.

“Zenith has been greatly anticipating this order with DHL and is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the UQM powered full-electric delivery vehicles,” said William Yung, CEO of Zenith Motors.

DHL has invested nearly $50 million in its truck fleet over the last two years, reducing average vehicle age from 6.7 years in 2012 to 3.6 years today. This purchase is a part of a clean vehicle initiative by DHL to add a variety of clean vehicles to its U.S. fleet this year. According to DHL, this initiative will make their fleet one of the newest and most modern in the industry.

“Orders have been picking up steadily with Zenith Motors and this contract with DHL is a good sign for Zenith and their growth in the EV delivery vehicle market,” said Joe Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer and Interim President and CEO of UQM Technologies. “As other major fleets begin to see the merits of electric vehicles and the efficiency and reliability of the UQM drive solutions, we anticipate seeing more good news like this.”

The UQM PowerPhase Pro 135 provides a peak torque of 340 Nm, peak power of 135 kW and 80 kW of continuous power. UQM also offers the production-ready PowerPhase HD automotive systems for heavier commercial vehicle and electric bus applications. The high-efficiency of UQM PowerPhase systems provides higher value to the customer, as well as enables vehicle manufacturers to meet their all-electric range goals and compliance with stricter emissions standards.