March 28, 2007
US Postal Service Helps Drive Development of Alternate-Fuel Technologies : GlobalGiants.com
Demonstrates Zero-Emissions Mail Delivery Vehicles at White House Event.
Photo: Julie Rios, Director of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Postal Service, talks to President Bush about the Postal Service's 30 zero-emissions electric trucks, which deliver mail in New York City. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman looks on.
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- The U.S. Postal Service has a long history of exploring cleaner, more energy-efficient, and more cost- effective ways to deliver the nation's mail. And, as such, it has acquired the nation's largest fleet of alternate-fuel vehicles -- some 38,000 cars, trucks and minivans -- powered by electricity, compressed natural gas, liquid propane gas, ethanol (E85), biodiesel fuel, and hydrogen fuel cells.
To help promote the development of alternate-fuel technologies as well as to encourage the availability of alternate fuels, the Postal Service participated in a White House event today, demonstrating the technology behind a hydrogen fuel-cell minivan and an electric two-ton truck -- both zero- emissions mail-delivery vehicles.
An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the USA, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses. The US Postal Service has annual revenues of $73 billion and delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume. |GlobalGiants.com|