The United States Postal Service (USPS) is teaming up with Ford to electrify its delivery van fleet with the new Ford Transit EVs. USPS and Ford plan to equip 100,000 vans with electric powertrains by 2035, as part of the agency’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
According to a press release, the USPS is seeking to make its fleet more sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective. The USPS has already taken steps towards this goal by testing various electric vehicles, including the USPS’ own prototype delivery vehicle, which was unveiled in 2022. The new Ford Transit EVs will be off-the-shelf models, meaning that the USPS will not have to invest in custom-built vehicles.
The Ford Transit is a popular delivery van that is already widely used by many businesses. The electric version of the Transit is expected to have a range of around 120 miles on a single charge, which should be sufficient for most USPS delivery routes. The vans will be outfitted with the latest safety features, including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.
USPS Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman said in the press release that the agency is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainability. “The Postal Service is committed to building a more sustainable and efficient fleet, and we are excited to partner with Ford to bring their cutting-edge electric vehicles to our delivery routes,” Stroman said.
The USPS has been under pressure to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. The agency’s delivery vans are known for their distinctive white-and-blue design, but they have been criticized for their fuel consumption and emissions. The USPS has been exploring various alternatives, including electric vehicles and hybrid trucks, as part of its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.
The electrification of the USPS’ delivery van fleet is a significant step towards reducing the agency’s carbon footprint. By partnering with Ford, the USPS can leverage the automaker’s expertise in electric vehicle technology and its existing network of dealerships and service centers. The USPS plans to deploy the first of its electric delivery vans in select cities in the coming months.