As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the electrification of the transportation and utility industries, the California Air Resources Board has provided funding towards accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley.
Provided to the Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, the funding is being administered by CALSTART for the US Postal Service to electrify its delivery vans.
The Postal Service is partnering with Cummins to implement an electric vehicles pilot programme.
Cummins has been tasked with the provision of some eight EVs to help the postal service to eliminate vehicle emissions and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
Cummins will also provide operator training, vehicle support and data collection to support the programme in in Fresno and Stockton.
The EVs are expected to be operational by March 31 and are expected to travel for 85 miles per full charge. The EVs reach full charge in eight hours.
The pilot is part of the California Climate Investments, a statewide programme that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.