Making the Last Mile of Mail Delivery Greener
Chrysler is celebrating Earth Day by unveiling an electric minivan... that you won't be able to buy (yet). They're making them for the US Postal Service, and so far 4 out of an eventual 250 have been built. The electric minivan is based on the Chrysler Town & Country EV that we wrote about last year, and the powertrain will be very similar except that the USPS version is a non range-extended version because postal routes generally are only around 20 miles.
USPS has a Huge Fleet that Could use a Green Upgrade
From Chrysler's press announcement:
"We continue to look for energy-efficient replacement vehicles for our aging fleet as we explore ways to reduce our transportation-related carbon emissions," said Sam Pulcrano, Vice President—Sustainability, U.S. Postal Service.
"Chrysler and the Postal Service have an established relationship as there are more than 10,000 of our minivans in the Postal Service fleet," said Lou Rhodes, Vice President—Advance Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI, Chrysler LLC. "The Postal Service is a recognized environmental innovator and leader, and we are excited at the prospect of continuing our relationship by working to deliver alternative energy postal delivery vehicles in the future."
A123Systems will manufacture Nanophosphate Lithium ion prismatic battery cells, modules and battery packs for Chrysler. No word yet on the exact technical specs of this electric minivan (at least range and battery capacity would've been nice, Chrysler).
Here's a suggestion for the US Postal Service: Buy some green power to charge these babies up, and while you're at it, get it for your buildings too.
Via Green Car Congress, AutoblogGreen
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