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NYPA Electric Trucks Help Postal Service Carry the Mail in Flushing

Brian Warner

October 26, 2005


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 Transportation Committee.

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 recreation areas.

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 precincts.