Cummins announced Monday that it has begun delivering eight Cummins-powered all-electric vehicles to the United States Postal Service. The fully-electric Cummins PowerDrive equipped vans are expected to eliminate vehicle emissions and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
The pilot program, made possible by a grant from the California Air Resources Board to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and administered by CALSTART, will place the zero-emission vehicles in Fresno and Stockton. Cummins will also provide operator training, vehicle support and data collection to support the program.
Were excited to provide the US Postal Service with these fully-electric vehicles for demonstration and testing. Cummins has a storied history of providing dependable, quality innovations to help power a world that is always on, said Julie Furber, Vice President Electrified Power, Cummins. This program demonstrates our ability to help customers do real work in the real world. Cummins is committed to continue as the leading power supplier in all the markets we serve. As infrastructure and customer demand evolve, well have the right technology at the right time.
The eight Cummins-powered vans are expected to be in service by the end of March. The company says the vans have an all-electric range up to 85 miles with a full load on urban drive cycles typical of USPS collection vehicles.
Company officials say this move is the latest in its ongoing efforts to invest in electrification across many applications, markets and regions.