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  •  The history of Postal electric vehicles (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Postal delivery routes are the perfect application for electric vehicles: curb-side delivery where carriers drive from box to box mounted along the curb play to an electric vehicle's strengths, no energy use or pollution while "idling" in front of the boxes. Also, Postal delivery routes are of fixed and usually very low miles per route, thus you don't need huge batteries. Fleet maintenace costs should be quite low compared to vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

    One would think electric delivery vehicles would be ubiquitous, but no, that's not the case. Why that is so is a question I would like see researched. I suspect the result would resemble the documentary called "Who Killed the Electric Car?".

    Here is a link to a history of Postal electric vehicles from the Historian of the Post Office:

    http://about.usps.com/...

    Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

    by Zinman on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:49:39 AM PDT

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    •  Postal Service has a purchasing freeze... (2+ / 0-)
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      old mule, Calamity Jean

      So no new vehicles. It's getting to the point where they're spending $30-40k rebuilding old LLVs with rusted out frames because they have no replacements for them. Meanwhile, there's only one supplier of step vans left and they don't seem to motivated to earn the Postal Service's or any other fleet's business.

      •  Coming soon: "Who killed the Postal Service?" (2+ / 0-)
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        badscience, Calamity Jean

        There are a lot of companies who wouldn't mind making billions doing what the USPS does now, only for more.

        Wouldn't it have been nice if the government had kept one of the bankrupt auto companies as a publicly owned corporation, and had it build things like the step vans and electric vehicles the Post Office needs?

        Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

        by Zinman on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 11:41:06 AM PDT

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