United Parcel Service to buy up to 150 electric eVTOL planes to enhance air service
United Parcel Service (UPS) has confirmed that it has plans to purchase up to 150 units of electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Beta Technologies (BETA) to enhance its air service in some small & mid-size markets.
Headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and listed on NYSE, UPS is a multinational package delivery & supply chain management company. Together with the central package delivery operation, the brand name of UPS is used to denote several of its divisions and subsidiaries, including its freight-based trucking operation and delivery drone airline.
Beta Technologies, which is based in Burlington city, Vermont, is an aircraft manufacturer that started manufacturing electric aircraft in February of 2017. Its primary customer is United Therapeutics. Now, it has caught attention of logistics giant UPS.
UPS has confirmed that it has signed an agreement with Beta Technologies to buy its ALIA eVTOL to augment its air service for a selected number of small and mid-size markets. These small electric aircraft will take off and land on-property at UPS facilities in a quiet fashion, trimming down time-in-transit, reducing carbon emissions, as well as bringing down operating costs, which will in turn boost the company’s profits.
Describing the Beta Technologies’ battery-electric aircraft that it has decided to use as part of their delivery operations, UPS said that the electric aircraft produced by Beta Technologies has cargo capacity of 1,400 pounds that is ideally suited to its needs. The logistics giant stressed that Beta aircraft would allow it to make quicker and more sustainable transport time-sensitive deliveries.
Kyle Clark, founder & CEO of Beta Technologies, said, “By utilizing vertical takeoffs and landings, we can turn relatively small spaces at existing UPS facilities into a micro air feeder network without the noise or operating emissions of traditional aircrafts.”
Otherwise, the company would offer small conventional fixed-wing aircraft to deliver packages. UPS’ planned use of the electric, environment-friendly aircraft will benefit healthcare providers, thousands of small & medium-sized businesses, and other entities in smaller communities.
As the electric aircraft has a cruising speed of up to 170 miles with a range of 250 miles on a single charge, UPS will be able to plan and operate a series of short routes or one long route on a single charge according to the needs of customers.
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