This month, USPS will begin testing 10 Navistar eStar electric step vans. This test, part of the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded through the Department of Energy, is led by Engineering Systems with support from Safety, Delivery and Vehicles Category Management Center.
The new 2-ton vehicles will be tested in three locations: Los Angeles, CA (five vehicles), Manhattan, NY (three vehicles) and Fairfax, VA (two vehicles).
During the 2-year test, USPS will collect data on fuel efficiency, energy usage, maintenance and vehicle utilization. USPS will review the results and consider whether to expand the program.
“Testing of new technologies is important as we review alternatives to keep our vehicle fleet green and efficient,” said Michael Amato, vice president, Engineering Systems. “If successful, these vehicles will allow us to deliver mail in a way that is environmentally responsible.”
The Postal Service’s FY 2010 Annual Sustainability Report reports the Postal Service is meeting or exceeding a number of its sustainability goals — including a 133-percent increase in alternative fuel use.
source: USPS News Link