Motiv Power Systems Delivers First of Seven All-Electric Step Vans to the
United States Postal Service (USPS) as Part of CARB Funding Program
Feb 05, 2019  Motiv Power Systems

Motiv Power Systems has delivered the first of seven Ford E-450 based
all-electric step vans to the United States Postal Service (USPS) to serve
mail routes in Fresno, California.

Zero Emissions Motiv EPIC® Chassis-powered step vans will help the USPS
deliver on reduced fleet emissions and operational costs

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Motiv Power Systems
(Motiv), the leading provider of all-electric medium duty fleet chassis, has
begun deliveries of Ford E-450 based all-electric step vans to the United
States Postal Service (USPS).

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 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.

The USPS has a long history of testing electric vehicles for city delivery.
In fact, the first known test of an electric vehicle for mail collection was
in Buffalo, New York on July 2, 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," said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. "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."

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 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and
low-income communities. More information on this program can be found at
California Climate Investments.

All parties involved in building, funding, and deploying this first wave of
Motiv-powered USPS vans are excited about working together to bring this
initial order to fruition.

About Motiv Power Systems:
Founded in 2009, and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Motiv
Power Systems is committed to freeing fleets from their dependence on fossil
fuels. EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis) are CARB certified, GSA
approved, and available for many configurations including step vans, box
trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, trolleys, and other
specialty vehicles. An EPIC offers uncompromised performance and
functionality without the pollution, noise, heat, and vibration of gasoline
or diesel power. Motiv is a Ford eQVM-approved provider of all-electric
chassis for commercial trucks and buses and benefits from engineering
insights and support from Ford to ensure safety and reliability. With more
than 500,000 miles logged in Fortune 50 fleet deployments throughout North
America, the EPIC family eliminates 100% of vehicle emissions, dramatically
reduces operating and maintenance costs, and creates a healthier environment
for riders and communities, while also reducing driver fatigue.

About the California Air Resources Board:
CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and
ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while
recognizing and considering effects on the economy. CARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based
air quality standards. 

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