Electrical Mail Truck
The U.S. Postal Service is going to retire its gasoline-powered fleet of cars and utilize a new electric car system. Workhorse and Mahindra are the two finalist models of mail truck. The U.S. postal service has chosen to go electric at the request of environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, as well as to set a really good example. If this project gets underway, the USPS fleet will be the largest in the world. The U.S. is replacing up to 180,000 mail trucks representing $6.3 billion of business, which is now being real-world tested in cities such as Flint, MI, Leesburg, VA., and Tuscon, AZ.
The prototypes are said to be using hybrid technologies. The Mahindra design will use a 2.5 Liter General Motors engine, designed to handle rugged conditions. Another model chosen as a finalist is a VT Hackney/Workhorse is used by FedEx Ground, USPS, and DHL. Ryder Systems Inc. ordering 2,500 of its W-15 electric pickup trucks. A hybrid truck, the VT Hackney/Workhorse has a small BMW gasoline engine. The Mahindra has 202 horsepower or 151 kilowatts. The VT Hackney/Workhorse has 460 horsepower while Mahindra has a 2.5 Liter in line four engine, as a hybrid powertrain. Workhorse states that it’s electric trucks have stated they earn more than 30 miles per gallon while Mahindra is only rated at 19 miles per gallon. Workhorse has $300 million in pre-orders for plug in hybrid pick up trucks. The contract will be awarded in 2018.