Delivering Clean Air With Nation's Mail

U. S. Postal Service Receives Largest Electric Vehicle Fleet From Ford



Apr 14, 2001, 01:00 ET from United States Postal Service

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When Benjamin Franklin, the
 nation's first Postmaster General, discovered electricity in 1750, he probably
 never envisioned that one day it would be used to power the vehicles that
 deliver the mail.  But that is exactly what has happened.  This spring, the
 United States Postal Service and Ford Motor Company are putting the nation's
 largest pollution-free electric vehicle fleet on the road.
     A special dedication ceremony will take place on the steps of the
 California State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. on April 19, 2001.  Lt. Governor Cruz
 Bustamante and California Congressman Doug Ose will join representatives from
 the Postal Service and Ford to celebrate the launch of a fleet of 500
 zero-emission electric vehicles.
     Short, predictable carrier routes with lots of stop-and-go-driving are an
 ideal application for electric delivery vehicles.  Recharging the EVs
 overnight at a central location using off-peak power helps reduce demand on
 the state's electrical supply at peak times during the day.  The Postal
 Service and Ford Motor Company are proud to be demonstrating a long-term
 solution to energy and air quality problems that trouble California and the
 nation today.
     The Postal Service has long been an award-winning environmental leader.
 At present, the Postal Service's 207,681 vehicles represent the nation's
 largest civilian fleet, and its existing inventory of Alternate Fuel Vehicles
 (AFV) operates from compressed natural gas, ethanol, propane, and electricity.
 The AFV fleet is expected to grow to more than 30,000 vehicles by the end of
 this year.
     The new electric vehicles will be on display at the dedication ceremony,
 and members of the news media are invited to test drive one.
 
 

SOURCE United States Postal Service
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When Benjamin Franklin, the
 nation's first Postmaster General, discovered electricity in 1750, he probably
 never envisioned that one day it would be used to power the vehicles that
 deliver the mail.  But that is exactly what has happened.  This spring, the
 United States Postal Service and Ford Motor Company are putting the nation's
 largest pollution-free electric vehicle fleet on the road.
     A special dedication ceremony will take place on the steps of the
 California State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. on April 19, 2001.  Lt. Governor Cruz
 Bustamante and California Congressman Doug Ose will join representatives from
 the Postal Service and Ford to celebrate the launch of a fleet of 500
 zero-emission electric vehicles.
     Short, predictable carrier routes with lots of stop-and-go-driving are an
 ideal application for electric delivery vehicles.  Recharging the EVs
 overnight at a central location using off-peak power helps reduce demand on
 the state's electrical supply at peak times during the day.  The Postal
 Service and Ford Motor Company are proud to be demonstrating a long-term
 solution to energy and air quality problems that trouble California and the
 nation today.
     The Postal Service has long been an award-winning environmental leader.
 At present, the Postal Service's 207,681 vehicles represent the nation's
 largest civilian fleet, and its existing inventory of Alternate Fuel Vehicles
 (AFV) operates from compressed natural gas, ethanol, propane, and electricity.
 The AFV fleet is expected to grow to more than 30,000 vehicles by the end of
 this year.
     The new electric vehicles will be on display at the dedication ceremony,
 and members of the news media are invited to test drive one.
 
 SOURCE  United States Postal Service