Ford To Deliver First PO eVans To California

Special ceremony scheduled for April 19, 2001 at State Capitol.

Published: 15-Apr-2001

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

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