Green Electric Delivery
Purolator, a Canadian courier company, will be testing Unicell's Quicksider electric delivery vehicle in Toronto in a pilot program of 5 to 10 electric vans that should start in 2009. But in the meantime, the electric Quicksider was shown at the Green Fleet Expo III in Toronto.
The electric delivery truck is not only better for the environment, it is also better for the driver because it is designed to reduce repetitive motion injuries for the operator. On the green front, it has a top speed of 110 kph (65 mph), and an all-electric range of about 62 miles (100 km) during the summer and about 40 miles (65 km) during the winter (this is Canada, remember). And that's with a 6,500 lbs payload (about 10% more than regular trucks)! The electric motors generate 230 hp (172 kW).
The Quicksider has a one-piece fiberglass body and stainless steel chassis." [...] The vehicle’s fiberglass body has about half of the aerodynamic drag of a conventional delivery truck body, and is mounted on a stainless-steel chassis, extending vehicle service life to an anticipated 15 years. As Purolator is Canada-owned, the vehicle was specifically designed with cold weather in mind.
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