Looks like the US Postal Service is taking a page out of Elon Musk’s book and going full-on electric! As part of a pilot program to reduce emissions and lower pollution in central California, USPS is set to receive eight electric vehicles from Cummins. The California Air Resources Board granted the funds to make the pilot program possible. Cummins will provide operator training, data collection, and vehicle support throughout the program.
The Electric Vehicles Will Service the San Joaquin County
Earlier in the year, USPS began testing vehicles with electric chassis, powered by Motiv. Those vehicles also hit the same area, around Fresno and Stockton. However, this time around is a bit different. Instead of simply being outfitted with an electric chassis, these Cummins vehicles are entirely electric to begin with. Seems like USPS is trying out a couple different options on for size as they make strides towards a greener future.
The Vehicle Specs
According to Cummins, the eight vehicles have an 85 mile all-electric range carrying a full load on urban drive cycles. The vans use the same common charging connector as popular passenger electric vehicles (SAE J1772 Level 2), and can reach a full charge in roughly eight hours. On top of reducing emissions, USPS expects the vans to reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
Who is Cummins?
Cummins is an American Fortune 500 power company that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines, filtration, and power generation systems. You can find a Cummins engine in nearly every type of vehicle and equipment on Earth and on sea! They manufacture engines for a wide range of vehicles, from pickup trucks and 18-wheelers all the way to recreational and commercial marine diesels.