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Tesla Model 3 can be platform for new postal vehicle

Tesla Model 3 can be platform for new postal vehicle

The post office is looking to buy 180,000 postal vehicles in the coming years to replace their aging fleet. They set a price between $25,000 and $35,000 and based on their data, the average postal vehicle travels under 50 miles per day. A postal vehicle does not regularly travel over 60 mph and has many short stop-and-go routes making a Tesla EV perfect for this. The battery size can be 25KWHr since that would be more than sufficient for the longest daily route even after 10+ years of battery degradation. With the current gas prices of $2.50/gallon, which is very low, this alone would save the USPS over 5 billion dollars over 25 years along with another billion or more saved on maintenance. Hopefully Tesla is already in talks with them about this, but it should be a slam-dunk for the Model 3 platform.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1096830_u-s-p-s-long-life-vehicles-l...

Larry@SoCal | 17/02/2015

Yes, what a great application for EV!
The letter carrier is required to drive to the address, turn off the engine, make the delivery and then re-start the engine. What a waste!
Regen is so sorely needed here. I hope the USPS gets EVs- and Tesla would be the best choice.
Go Tesla!
~Larry

elviswebb | 18/02/2015

I doubt that Tesla would want the business since they are going to be limited by the number of batteries they can buy in the short term from their suppliers, but this would be a great revenue stream for Tesla. Elon has the skills to negotiate government contracts, and they could sell autonomous vehicles that could be driven, or use autopilot to follow behind the mail person. In a medium density suburban area I could imagine a conveyor belt system that would be able to "hand" the mail in order of houses to the postal worker while they walk from mail box to mail box. The postal worker wouldn't have to drive from house to house, the car could just follow along with the signal from the worker. When they have to drive to the next neighborhood, the postal worker would be allowed to sort the mail while the car drives by itself. I notice my postal work will sit for several minutes after parking to sort the mail. This would allow larger delivery areas per worker and a lower cost to deliver mail. USPS should award the contract based on total cost of consumables and energy, not just price per vehicle in a retail transaction. Tesla should use its drive platform, maybe from the Rav4 EV, Tesla of course would supply the autopilot features, but get a contract manufacturer to assemble the rest of the car so they can focus on delivering enough Model X's for the huge demand. Including me eventually :)

Nick

grega | 18/02/2015

Consistent speeds and mileage requirements are a sweet spot of sorts for EVs, as it means the right size battery can be used.

I wouldn't think going for a big contract for something they don't currently make would be a good decision.

Remember EM's goal is to kick start the whole industry, and in that vein I hope the Nissan eNV200 gets a look in. It's about $20k + $90/mth battery rental. Charge overnight.

Rocky_H | 18/02/2015

I was listing to a news story about this, and one of the considerations that they have for the new postal vehicles is larger bodies because of the increase of package delivery, versus just letters, so I don't think that the smaller Model 3 platform is actually the correct direction anyway. I like the eNV200 idea.

Guy2095 | 19/02/2015

Maybe this is what Apple is up to.

reed_lewis | 30/04/2019

I would think the Model Y would be a better platform. Remove all the seats except for the driver, make the car right drive and you would have a winner of a postal delivery vehicle.

You would just need to install chargers at the post office, which would be a one time cost, but of course would significantly save a lot of money.

jimglas | 30/04/2019

do you really thing anyone is going to click on that link?