April 22, 2009 Chrysler has revealed four all-electric vehicles based on its Town & Country minivan concept to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The company says the concept showcases the flexibility of its electric-vehicle strategy and aims to produce a nationwide demonstration fleet of 250 vehicles with the assistance of a federal grant under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Transportation Electrification stimulus program.
Tailored specifically for mail delivery, the EV postal vans are equipped to travel around 20 miles per day and therefore don't require the range extender included in the previously announced 7-passenger Town & Country EV minivan, which promises a 40 mile range.
The presentation coincided with the USPS Earth Day celebration.
“We continue to look for energy-efficient replacement vehicles for our aging fleet as we explore ways to reduce our transportation-related carbon emissions,” said Sam Pulcrano, Vice President—Sustainability, U.S. Postal Service.
Chrysler has also confirmed that A123Systems will be one of its strategic partners and production battery supplier for the company’s first generation of production electric vehicles.
Via Chrysler, Autobloggreen.