All-Electric Walk-In Vans For USPS

Motiv Power Systems, Foster City, Calif., a manufacturer of all-electric medium duty fleet chassis, has begun deliveries of Ford E-450 based all-electric walk-in vans to the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The vehicles are built around Motiv’s all-electric EPIC chassis. According to Motiv’s website, the EPIC chassis is available on Ford F-59 and Ford E-450 and has a 22,000 lbs. gvwr chassis rating. Range is listed as up to 90 miles, with a top speed of 60 mph. The chassis has 106 or 127 kWh battery pack capacity, with on-board diagnostics standard and single-phase J1772 or three-phase Meltric options available.

The pilot program of seven Motiv-powered vans is slated for deployment in California’s Central Valley. The first vehicle now serves routes in Fresno with the balance of the vehicles to be deployed in Fresno and Stockton as part of a year-long program.

The USPS has a history of testing electric vehicles for city delivery.  Since 2001, the USPS has operated 30 electric two-ton vehicles on the streets of New York City, and these were later joined by a pair of two-ton hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island.

The USPS’ acquisition of the Motiv chassis-powered vans was developed as a partnership by CalStart and the San Joaquin Clean Transportation Center and funded through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) award to the San Joaquin Air Quality Control. The funds are meant to provide an incentive to fleets in California to adopt the cleanest emerging technologies and continue to advance California’s Air Quality and Climate goals.

The USPS’ acquisition of the vans was made possible by the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

“We’re proud to now be a part of USPS’ long tradition of implementing the latest technology to green their fleet,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “Our all-electric EPIC chassis have accumulated 500,000 real-world miles and are ideally suited to the USPS vehicle route characteristics. We’re thrilled that USPS has chosen Motiv to help meet their sustainability goals.”