Canoo on Thursday introduced that it’s going to promote six electrical supply vans to the U.S. Postal Service.

Due for supply to the Postal Service later this quarter, the vans might be righthand-drive variations of the Canoo LDV 190 mannequin, in keeping with a press launch from the startup. The LDV 190 has a 79-kwh battery pack affording an estimated 200 miles of vary. It additionally has 200 hp, 172 cubic toes of cargo house, and a 1,624-pound payload capability, in keeping with Canoo’s web site.

Canoo structural battery pack

Canoo structural battery pack

The Postal Service is endeavor a $40 billion effort to affect its fleet. It plans to purchase 21,000 EVs primarily based on present designs—together with 9,250 Ford E-Transit vans—plus no less than 45,000 electrical variations of its custom-designed Subsequent Technology Supply Autos (NGDV).

The NGDV, supposed as a alternative for the aptly named Grumman Lengthy Life Car (LLV) mail vehicles which were in service for many years, will be constructed with internal-combustion powertrains as nicely. The Postal Service has promised to purchase extra electrical variations in response to widespread criticism of an preliminary plan to make solely 10% of the automobiles electrical, however the first EVs aren’t anticipated to reach till 2028.

Canoo LDV 130 van in Kingbee livery

Canoo LDV 130 van in Kingbee livery

The Postal Service is not the primary authorities entity Canoo has pitched its automobiles to. The startup delivered a prototype pickup truck to the U.S. Military for analysis in 2022, and constructed three vans for NASA to move astronauts to launch pads on the Kennedy Area Middle.

Within the non-public sector, Canoo just lately introduced that it had delivered the primary automobiles in a 9,300-unit order to van rental agency Kingbee. In 2022, Walmart introduced plans to purchase hundreds of Canoo electrical vans. Manufacturing takes place in Oklahoma.

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