The United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled its plan to incorporate charging stations and electric delivery vehicles. The plan calls for a $40 billion investment to improve its processing, transportation and delivery networks.
In that regard, the frgonet company Canoo, announced that USPS had acquired six of its battery electric vehicles.
Tony Aquila, Investor, Executive Chairman and CEO of Canoo, explained that the multi-purpose platform with cable-assisted steering technology and a unique low-profile suspension system allows for an easily configurable right-hand drive system, while maintaining the desired roll and ride stability.
The van is an LDV 190 model with features such as overhead camera, blind spot monitoring and parking distance warning.
It is a two-seater vehicle weighing 4,740 pounds (2,150 tons), with a payload of 1,763 pounds (800 kilograms). Images of the vehicle on Canoo‘s website are considered pre-production level.
“Final features, specifications and performance of the production vehicle are subject to change and will vary by version and configuration,” the website states. Other companies such as Canoo have joined the USPS “electrification and modernization” process.
Last year, Ford Motor Company announced its partnership with the Postal Service to supply 9,250 E-Transit vans through the end of 2024.
The goal was to procure a total of 21,000 electric vehicles and develop about 45,000 next-generation electric delivery vehicles by 2028.
“The work USPS is doing to electrify these vehicles is making electric vehicles commonplace on every highway and street in our country,” said John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment in remarks reviewed by Telemundo.