ZAP, an EV company incorporated in California and a partner of China’s Jonway Auto, received pre-qualification notice from the US Postal Service (USPS) for the development of new energy efficient postal delivery vehicles under the USPS’ Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) program. As a result, ZAP will participate in the formal proposal process and will begin a trial with the new product in first quarter 2016.
This pre-qualification selection was a result of a Request for Information and Prequalification/Sources Sought by USPS for its NGDV issued on 20 January 2015. The purpose of this Request was to inform prospective suppliers about preliminary draft specifications and plans for the acquisition of the NGDV fleet replacements. The USPS operates a fleet of more than 200,000 vehicles in all areas of the United States and its territories. The contract, when awarded to a single supplier, will call for delivery of a minimum of 3,000 vehicles by January 2018 to start with.
ZAP has been working with USPS since 2009 on the initial proposal for clean energy vehicles. ZAP was at that time selected as one of a few vendors to undergo trial to be selected to supply USPS with electric powertrain conversion of their traditional USPS trucks. After several years of trial, USPS decided last year that this program to adopt clean energy vehicles should be done with completely new trucks or vans more suitably designed to be powered by clean energy.
ZAP Jonway is working with a couple of large truck manufacturers and is in the process of finalizing its partnerships to support the repurposing of the truck’s body to meet the specifications for this USPS opportunity. ZAP Jonway hopes to utilize this repurposed clean energy truck which will have models in both electric as well as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to expand into the US clean energy delivery fleet market.
After getting the products qualified and type approved in the US for the USPS, ZAP hopes to target other similar delivery companies interested in the same kind of products for their fleets.