UPS To Test Gaussin All-Electric And Autonomous-Enabled 'Shifter'
Gaussin EVs can move trailers, semi-trailers and containers in both manual and autonomous mode.
UPS, which intends to buy 10,000 Arrival electric delivery vans, starts tests of an all-electric Gaussin Trailer and Swap Body Movers (TSBM), known in the logistics industry as “shifters”.
This special EV will be used for on-property movements of semi-trailers and containers in the UPS’s advanced-technology London Hub in the UK.
Being electric is not the only advantage of the Gaussin TSBM, as it has also autonomous driving capability, which will be tested later this year.
The press release does not provide any details about the range or other parameters, besides the battery swap feature, which might allow for 24/7 work, without breaks for charging.
“Gaussin electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and include novel battery-swap technology, which enables the shifters to be operated day and night, as the discharged battery pack is immediately replaced by a fully charged one. Additionally, the vehicles will have numerous cameras, sensors and sophisticated algorithms to improve safety. These technologies will continue to create efficiencies and improve safety in UPS operations.”
“Gaussin and UPS Engineering teams have been in close collaboration since 2018 to co-develop a versatile, upgradable and competitive electric shifter vehicle. The Gaussin shifter UPS is testing in London can move trailers, semi-trailers and containers in both manual and autonomous mode.”