Bright Automotive to apply electric drive technology to postal service vehicles
Postal delivery vehicle with integrated electric drive train expected to be placed into real-world testing this summer in Washington, D.C.
BrightAutomotive has been awarded a contract by the United States Postal Service(USPS) to develop and test an electric postal delivery vehicle.less than 20 miles of
driving per day and have an average fuel economy of only 10 mpg.
For theproject, Bright Automotive's team is using technology developed from its Idea plug-inhybrid, a purpose-built, lightweight, aerodynamic, all aluminum lightcommercial vehicle. Some of the same enabling technology developed on the Ideawill be directly applied to the EV propulsion conversion of the LLV. The Bright eSolutions retrofit LLV is fully electric, uses no gasoline, and is capable of covering a high percentage of existing postal service routes.
contracts awarded under the program.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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