The one contract from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to start bringing electric trucks to the large national fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs) that we knew about went to Zap. That contract was for a single truck, and it looks like Bright Automotive has been awarded a similar deal.
Bright announced today that the company’s eSolutions team has gotten a contract to convert an LLV. Unlike Bright’s Idea plug-in hybrid (PHEV, pictured), the LLV conversion will be a pure electric. Some of the technology from the Idea will make it into the LLV, though, specifically, the rear electric drive from the Idea’s powertrain will be used. Once completed and delivered (target date: July 2010), the truck will be tested in the Washington, D.C. area for a year.
We’ve heard that five companies have received these conversion contracts from the USPS. The Bright press release, pasted after the jump, mentions that
EDAG, Inc. also received one and Bright is working with EDAG on that project. Anyone know who the other two are?
[Source: Bright Automotive]
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