DP World, UPS Bring World's First Solar Power Charged EVs to Expo 2020

DP World, UPS Bring World's First Solar Power Charged EVs to Expo 2020

Electric delivery vehicles being charged for the first time with an off-grid solar power system

From the x-ray machine to the telephone, throughout history world expos have been the home for inventions and technology that change our way of life.

Expo 2020 Dubai is no exception. As the Official Premier Global Trade Partner of Expo 2020, DP World is working with UPS, the Official Logistics Partner, to showcase transition to clean energy sources with UPS’ electrical vehicles being charged for the first time with an off-grid charging system to power on-site deliveries.

Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, DP World - UAE Region and Jafza said: “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 collaboration between UPS and DP World addresses sustainability issues and is closely aligned with the UAE’s Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031 and its Green Agenda 2030.”

Scott Price, president of UPS international said: “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.

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“Our joint efforts allow us to decentralize the charging system, eliminate the need for electricity in charging vehicles at Expo 2020 and further our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.”

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.

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.

Avinash Rugoobur, president of Arrival said: “It’s truly special to be at Expo 2020 with UPS and DP World showcasing how innovation and collaboration can accelerate the transition to electric vehicles globally.

“Arrival is pioneering a new method of design and production for electric vehicles that is truly sustainable - from our recyclable composite panels to the local Microfactories used for production.

"The development of sustainable charging options is a welcome addition to this ecosystem that will increase the impact we can have as we bring cleaner transportation to cities around the world."

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 1 million greener miles each business day.

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