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USPS May Get Electric Vehicles Sooner Rather Than Later

Small_USPS_TruckA flurry of lobbying activity may yet put a fleet of electric delivery vans into service at the U.S. Postal Service, reports AutoBlog Green.

The House of Representatives introduced the e-Drive bill in December, which would allow for 20,000 electric delivery vans and a network of 24,000 charging stations, but that bill (PDF) has gone nowhere.

Now, electric vehicle backers are on Capitol Hill, taking some time away from the Washington Auto Show to meet with Congress about the issue, according to the article.

USPS already has plans to test an electric version of its standard delivery van, reports Wired.

AC Propulsion and AutoPort are involved in the test, which has a goal to produce a mail truck with a 300-mile range and 60 mile per hour top speed.

USPS has more than 140,000 delivery vehicles in service.

It its sustainability report, the U.S. Postal Service showed a decrease in total energy use of 9 percent from 2005 to 2008. In 2008 the agency used 123 million gigajoules, compared to 131 million GJ in 2007, 134 million GJ in 2006 and 136 million GJ in 2005.

Overall vehicle energy use rose by 5 percent from 2005 to 2008, while the agency’s use of alternative fuel rose by 61 percent.

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One thought on “USPS May Get Electric Vehicles Sooner Rather Than Later

  1. Why is the goal 60 mph speed and 300 mile range when the fleet now travels 16 miles daily and spends almost no time at 60 mph? What a waste. The cost of an electric vehicle designed for the actual post office needs is much less than for one requiring highway speeds and 300 mile range. Let’s design the right vehicle for the job. Its a low speed, start stop, small, delivery van, not a passenger car. That’s why the old liquid fueled vehicle did not make an sense. Do not copy the old vehicles unneeded features. If the EV is designed for 300 mile range and highway speeds, it costs a fortune. This would be a tragic mistake in an application where EVs are tailor made to do the job. USPS seems to get this-This legislation was warmly received by Ruth A. Goldway, Chairman of the United States Postal Regulatory Commission.
    “The nature of the task of the [delivery] vehicles the USPS uses is perfectly suited for EV technology, due to their low distances driven on a daily basis, as well as the face that they carry a load that gets less over time,” Let’s make sure the lobbyists dont mess this up.

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