The Workhorse Group, makers of the Workhorse W-15 Electric pickup, confirmed via tweet that their prototype mail truck had been spotted testing in Virginia. Furthermore, the group has recently released some images of their van in a tweet.
— Workhorse Group (@Workhorse_Group) September 28, 2017
However, the United States Parcel Service (USPS) model looks a bit different. What do we know about this prototype van for the USPS? We know it is configured carry about 1,500 lbs and has 155 cu-ft of storage space. The body difference would be explained by the fact that this is a collaborative effort between Hackney and Workhorse, with Hackney making the body of the truck. The USPS delivery truck may feature a BMW gasoline motor to function as a generator and range extender (similar to the Workhorse W-15 pickup).
The USPS is considering a number of manufacturers for this bid. Whoever gets the bid will potentially have an order for 180,000 units. The electrification aspect of this truck is thanks to a recent push from the USPS to drive more eco-friendly vehicles.
Interestingly, this prototype has a Tesla-like or Volvo-like infotainment screen. What sort of connectivity and networking ability could this mail truck have?
Stay tuned for more info on this potential electric mail delivery truck.
Here is an all-electric sport utility truck from Bollinger.