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UPS is working with DP World, the official premier global trade partner of Expo, to showcase its transition to clean energy with UPS’s electrical vehicles being charged for the first time with an off-grid charging system to power on-site deliveries
“Today’s deployment of one of the world’s first off-grid electric vehicle charging systems is a demonstration of how Expo 2020 is connecting minds and creating the future. Our joint efforts allow us to decentralise the charging system, eliminate the need for electricity in charging vehicles at Expo 2020 and further our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050,” said Scott Price, president of UPS international.
During the six-month mega event, UPS will use the system to charge its fleet of electric vehicles, developed in collaboration with Arrival, at DP World’s FLOW Pavilion.
Sunlight will be captured by panels on the pavilion’s roof, with the solar energy flowing through an inverter to an off-grid Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) unit which powers the charging station.
Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and managing director, DP World - UAE Region and Jafza, stated, “DP World is proud to work with UPS, demonstrating the next generation of delivery vehicles at Expo 2020 Dubai. We are committed to digital and technological innovation that makes supply chains smarter and more sustainable. The DP World FLOW pavilion has been designed to demonstrate the future of global trade, increasing prosperity while reducing the use of energy and resources.”
The sustainable collaboration is closely aligned with the UAE’s Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031 and its Green Agenda 2030, as well as supporting a key growth engine of Dubai’s economy through the development of cutting-edge circular economy technologies.
UPS’s journey toward a less carbon-intensive future is enabled through one of the industry’s largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets, and a ‘rolling laboratory’ of more than 13,000 vehicles that drive more than one million greener miles each business day.
UPS recently released its corporate sustainability report with a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, including fueling 40% of ground operations with alternative fuels by 2025.