Cummins testing electric postal vehicles

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has teamed up with the U.S. Postal Service to field-test eight all-electric delivery vehicles in California.

The vehicles went into service in Fresno and Stockton last month as part of a demonstration project funded by a grant that the California Air Resources Board provided to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Cummins says the delivery vans have an all-electric range of up to 85 miles and can be fully charged in about eight hours.

This is one of Cummins’ larger-scale demonstration projects for its new electric powertrain, which is expected to become available to customers later this year.

Cummins, which is best known for its diesel engines, announced in 2017 that it would invest $500 million to develop electric powertrains for various applications such as transit buses, medium-duty trucks, light commercial vehicles, excavators and drayage trucks.•

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