UKPN helps deliver electric mobility package for UPS

A new storage and smart management system will allow more electric trucks to be used through one grid connection

By Jonny Bairstow

UK Power Networks (UKPN) Services has implemented a smart electric vehicle (EV) charging system to enable the electrification of UPS’s London-based delivery fleet.

UKPN says electric freight vehicles can use up to 10 times as much power as a typical home when charging, putting significant demand on the electricity supply of the depot they are based in.

It suggests its new technology will enable UPS to increase the number of 7.5-tonne electric trucks operating from its London site from 65 to 170, without the need for expensive upgrades to the power supply connection.

The system will rely on smart power management and battery storage to ensure the depot’s electricity demand does not exceed the network’s limit.