Cummins has started delivering eight Cummins-powered all-electric vehicles to the US Postal Service (USPS).

The pilot programme, made possible by a grant from the California Air Resources Board to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) and administered by Calstart, will place the zero-emission vehicles in Fresno and Stockton. Cummins will also provide operator training, vehicle support and data collection as support.

“Cummins has a history of providing innovations to help power a world that is always on,” said Cummins VP, Electrified Power, Julie Furber.

“This programme demonstrates our ability to help customers do real work in the real world. Cummins is committed to continue as the leading power supplier in all the markets we serve.”

The eight Cummins-powered vans will be in service by 31, March 2019. The vans have an all-electric range up to 85 miles with a full load on urban drive cycles typical of USPS collection vehicles. The direct drive architecture provides improved performance compared to the gasoline-powered version in critical areas of power and efficiency maintains the company.

The vans use the same charging system as passenger electric vehicles (SAE J1772 Level 2) and can reach a full charge in around eight hours.

In 2017, Cummins announced its commitment to invest US$500m in electrification across many applications, markets and regions for a period of three years.

In 2018, the company announced partnerships and collaborations with on- and off-highway OEMs, working on electrification solutions in products ranging from bus to medium duty trucks, light commercial vehicles, excavators and drayage trucks.