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Motiv Power Systems delivering 7 electric walk-in vans to USPS as part of CARB program; deployment in Central Valley

Motiv Power Systems (Motiv), a leading provider of all-electric medium-duty fleet chassis, has begun deliveries of Ford E-450-based all-electric walk-in vans to the United States Postal Service (USPS).


The pilot program of seven Motiv-powered vans is slated for deployment in California’s Central Valley. The first vehicle now serves routes in Fresno with the balance of the vehicles to be deployed in Fresno and Stockton as part of a year-long program. Most of the immediate project benefits will accrue in the San Joaquin Valley, an economically disadvantaged area with some of the highest pollution burdens in the country, as evidenced by CalEnviroScreen scores within the worst five percent in the state.

Motiv’s electric step vans have a range of up to 90 miles with a top speed of 60 mph; battery packs are available in 106 kWh or 127 kWh configurations.

As compared to their combustion engine-powered counterparts, Motiv’s all-electric EPIC chassis equipped mail delivery vans are expected to save fuel and maintenance costs resulting in an overall reduction of total cost of ownership.


The USPS has a long history of testing electric vehicles for city delivery; the first known test of an electric vehicle for mail collection was in Buffalo, New York on 2 July 1899. Since 2001, the USPS has operated 30 electric two-ton vehicles on the streets of New York City, and these were later joined by a pair of two-ton hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island.

We’re proud to now be a part of USPS’ long tradition of implementing the latest technology to green their fleet. Our all-electric EPIC chassis have accumulated 500,000 real-world miles and are ideally suited to the USPS vehicle route characteristics. We’re thrilled that USPS has chosen Motiv to help meet their sustainability goals.

—Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz

The USPS’ acquisition of the Motiv chassis-powered vans was developed as a partnership by CALSTART and the San Joaquin Clean Transportation Center and funded through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) award to the San Joaquin Air Quality Control. It represents a historic project. The funds are meant to provide an incentive to Californian fleets to adopt the cleanest emerging technologies and continue to advance California's Air Quality and Climate goals.

The USPS’ acquisition of the vans was made possible by the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35% of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

Motiv is a Ford eQVM-approved provider of all-electric chassis for commercial trucks and buses.



This is great especially as environmental justice.

The cynic in me says taxpayers are making junk mail delivery more efficient.

People really should cancel their junk mail online to reduce needless truck trips in their neighborhood near families.


The really critical sentence is "Motiv’s all-electric EPIC chassis equipped mail delivery vans are expected to save fuel and maintenance costs resulting in an overall reduction of total cost of ownership." Once you reach this point,there is little reason not to go battery electric. Local delivery is probably the most economical application that will start to make a significant difference. I have talked to a number of drivers that make deliveries to our company. We get daily deliveries of steel, small packages, LTL freight, etc. They rarely drive more than 100 miles a day and they have all night to recharge


The USPS could have gone EV years ago, better late than never.

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