UPS just unveiled a fleet of adorable electric trucks for London and Paris

May 9, 2018 by  
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The streets of Paris and London are about to get a whole lot cuter — and more eco-friendly — because UPS is deploying adorable electric trucks that look like something straight out of a cartoon. The mail carrier is teaming up with ARRIVAL to launch a state-of-the-art fleet of 35 zero emission electric vehicles. The lightweight, composite vehicles have a range of 150 miles, and each truck includes driver-assist technology that will help keep the roads safer. . @UPS revs up latest London & Paris EV deal by working with @ArrivalGB develop a "state-of-the-art pilot fleet" https://t.co/4vsXFsxe5O — UPS UK&IE (@UPS_UK) May 9, 2018 UPS has made sustainability a priority, with more than 9,000 vehicles worldwide operating on alternative energy. UPS and ARRIVAL have been collaborating since 2016 to create these custom-designed trucks built to UPS’s specifications. The news comes a month after the delivery company announced that it had deployed a radical new charging infrastructure in London . Related: UPS declares the “beginning of the end” for combustion engines by making its London fleet entirely electric “UPS is working with ARRIVAL here in the UK because their smart electric vehicles are helping to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. This is a pioneering collaboration that helps UPS develop new ways to reduce our emissions,” said Luke Wake, international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS. “UPS is marshaling its global scale to encourage innovation within the automotive industry. We are helping to drive demand for these disruptive technologies. The result is a safer and cleaner fleet for the communities in which we deliver.” + UPS + ARRIVAL Via Engadget Image via UPS

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Cube Haus seeks to solve the housing crisis with affordable prefab homes

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Many large cities are struggling with severe housing issues, and one new startup is proposing an architectural solution. Developer Cube Haus – founded by Philip Bueno de Mesquita and Paul Tully – has commissioned four architects to design affordable, modular houses that can be configured to fit into empty urban areas of varying sizes. Working with different designers and architects, Cube Haus aims provide affordable housing in urban areas such as London. The architects’ proposals include a number of styles and designs, but all of the houses are based on a modular construction model , which enables them to adapt to the square footage limits of each site. Related: Largest-ever modular Gomos building to be completed in just a few months International architecture firm Adjaye Associates submitted a beautiful multi-story timber structure that can be adapted to fit on a typical London terrace. The interior has an open floor plan that offers the ultimate in flexibility, and a large patio area provides natural light. The structure could be built as high as adjacent buildings to blend in with the existing architecture. London-based designer Faye Toogood ‘s concept envisions a simple single-unit volume with dual-pitched roofs, clad either in galvanized steel or charred timber. A light wood interior with an open floor plan would be illuminated with natural light thanks to large vertical windows. London firm Carl Turner Architects submitted two designs for the project. The first is a one-story, extended bungalow with bright yellow skylights that flood the interior space with natural light. The second design is a two-story townhouse, clad in brick and timber and topped with two separate pitched roofs that face two different directions. An open-air terrace between the roofs can serve as a rooftop garden or social space. Lastly, Skene Catling de la Peña ‘s proposal includes a stone-clad home with a timber interior . At the heart of the interior design is a vertical, green-tiled chimney with a cast-iron fireplace. The Cube Haus project is committed to using these five innovative prototypes to create a portfolio of varied building types that can be scaled to size for larger, multi-family spaces or single-unit use. All of the buildings will be constructed with cross-laminated timber with components manufactured off-site in the UK. + Cube Haus + Adjaye Associates + Faye Toogood + Skene Catling de la Peña + Carl Turner Architects Via Dezeen Images via Cube Haus

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