The Ford E-Transit quickly took the sales lead in the admittedly small EV van segment earlier this year, and it hasn’t looked back since. Since its launch, a number of entities have placed orders for the new E-Transit, including UK-based delivery company DPD, Frito Lay, Penske Truck Leasing, Michigan State University, and FedEx, while the van is also participating in a sustainable delivery pilot program in partnership with the City of London Corporation and DHL Supply Chain in the UK. Now, the Ford E-Transit will be used for state mail delivery in North Carolina as well.
While the United States Postal Service (USPS) will soon replace its aging fleet with a mixture of ICE- and EV-powered next-gen delivery vehicles from Oshkosh Defense, North Carolina is instead turning to the E-Transit after purchasing seven of the vans for use by the NCDOA Mail Service Center to transport 8.7 million letters and packages annually between state government agencies, universities, and community colleges. The state has also installed six charging stations at at the Mail Service Center to keep the vans charged.
The existing NCDOA vans rack up 97,000 miles each per year, which means that the state is set to save a total of more than $14,000 in fuel costs alone, along with a 40 percent savings on maintenance and the reduction of 43 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.
“North Carolina is focused on transitioning to a clean transportation future, and state government is leading the way,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “These electric vans are just one example of how our state is working to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost our economy, and save taxpayers money.”
“As the business manager for the state of North Carolina, our goal is not only to provide excellent customer service but services that will help reduce our state’s carbon footprint,” said Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. “This is just one example of the many ways we are helping to address climate change and transition North Carolina to a clean energy economy.”