NYPA Electric Trucks Help
Postal Service Carry the Mail in Flushing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENS—Two new zero-emission electric delivery
trucks have now officially joined the United States Postal Service
(USPS) fleet serving the Flushing Post Office, thanks to the New York
Power Authority (NYPA). These two-ton electric delivery trucks were
manufactured by Azure Dynamics Corporation (Azure).
New York City Council member John Liu, District
Postmaster Lily Jung Burton and NYPA Director of Public and Governmental
Affairs Joseph Leary, representing Chief Operating Officer Timothy S.
Carey, were on hand today as the trucks were unveiled at the Main Post
Office in Flushing.
“The Postal Service continues its role as a leader
in alternative fuel transportation. Our commitment to a cleaner
environment, without compromise to dependable mail service, is evident
by its deployment of these electric vehicles for Queens,” said Burton.
“We want to thank NYPA and Azure for providing dependable emission-free
vehicles our use.”
“Under the leadership of Governor George Pataki, New
York State is vigorously working to cut dependence on imported oil
through increased reliance on clean transportation technologies. These
electric postal vehicles are part of that effort,” said NYPA President
and Chief Executive Officer Eugene W. Zeltmann.
“Electric drive vehicles are ideally suited for
delivery applications in an urban environment where air quality and
noise reduction affect the overall quality of life. NYPA’s clean
transportation program has played a prominent role delivering on
Governor Pataki’s commitment to introduce clean transportation
alternatives,” said Carey.
“The New York Power Authority and the U.S. Post
Office are to be congratulated for implementing this innovative
technology, which will be crucial in our post-Katrina economy. By
eliminating almost 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and 32 pounds of
nitrogen a year, each Azure CitiVan will help New Yorkers breath cleaner
air and contribute to a reduction in our nation's reliance on fossil
fuels," said Councilman Liu.
Councilman Liu chairs the New York City Council’s
These vehicles are the first of their kind to be
used in Queens and were especially sought by Councilman Liu to help
address air quality concerns in Queens. NYPA has supplied funding for
30 electric delivery trucks already in service at postal facilities
elsewhere in New York City.
“We are very pleased to assist the New York Power
Authority and the United State Postal Service in their continuing
efforts to improve the air quality in Queens” said Douglas Alderton,
sales account executive, Azure. “Working with NYPA, Azure identified
additional opportunities where our electric drive vehicles can continue
to have a positive effect on the streets of New York.”
Azure CitiVans are two-ton delivery trucks, which
will replace diesel powered trucks used to transport mail and bulk
packages between central distribution facilities and neighborhood post
boxes serving Flushing neighborhoods.
The CitiVan has a range of 40 miles on a complete
charge, with a top speed of 60 miles per hour. To improve overall
energy efficiency each vehicle has regenerative braking to capture lost
energy while braking. Over the course of a year each truck will
eliminate about 4,833 pounds of carbon dioxide, 32 pounds of nitrogen
oxide and one pound of particulate matter.
NYPA is a recognized national leader in the
promotion and demonstration of electric drive technologies. With the
inclusion of the new CitiVans, NYPA now has now helped place 17 electric
or hybrid-electric vehicles in service in Queens and brings the total to
202 electric drive vehicles in service in New York City. Statewide,
NYPA has placed over 770 vehicles at facilities such as state university
colleges, local governments, community organizations, public parks and
NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned electric
utility and provides approximately 22 percent of the state’s
electricity. In New York City, NYPA supplies power for municipal
buildings, public schools, hospitals, subway, fire houses and police