Fully-electric commercial vehicles to hit Canadian roads this April
TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - On the heels of announcing it had purchased the
first fully electric small delivery vehicles, Canada Post today added
the first all-electric step vans in Canada to its fleet. The
corporation showcased the first of four all-electric commercial
vehicles built by Navistar Inc., an American manufacturer of medium and
heavy trucks. The eStar™, a Class 2c-3 electric truck and the first in its category, has a range
of 160 kilometres (100 miles) per charge and can be fully recharged
within 6 to 8 hours.
"Part of our environmental commitment is to evaluate and proceed with
alternate fuel technologies that will offer us a return on investment,"
said Deepak Chopra, Canada Post President and CEO. "Our trucks are in
every neighbourhood in the country everyday and we take pride in our
efforts to deliver to our customers in an environmentally responsible
With zero tailpipe emissions, each eStar™ truck can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons
annually. The windshield design provides nearly 180-degree visibility,
the low-floor design allows easy loading/unloading and the noise level
is nearly non-existent.
Unlike other electric trucks that are reconfigured models of fossil-fuel
trucks, the eStar™ truck has been purpose-built for electric power, providing a
competitive advantage with a low centre of gravity (the battery is
between the frame rails, not mounted on top) and a 36-foot turning
radius. The eStar™ is engineered with superior aerodynamics, a walk-though cab and a
quick-change cassette-type battery that can be swapped out in 20
minutes, enabling around the clock operation. It is capable of carrying
payloads up to two tons.
"For businesses, municipalities and other organizations that demonstrate
their environmental commitment, the eStar™ is a smart option," said Mark Aubry, vice president sales and
marketing, electric vehicles, Navistar. "The eStar™ is enabling responsible customers who strive to have a positive impact
on the environment through energy efficiency."
Canada Post has the largest delivery fleet in Canada - over 7,300
vehicles traveling more than 79 million kilometres a year. The company
has made investments in researching and testing alternative
technologies including ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, propane,
hydrogen, hybrids as well as electric vehicles to reduce the
environmental impact of its fleet.
The eStar™ all-electric truck transitioned from concept to reality in August 2009,
when President Barack Obama visited Navistar's manufacturing plant in
Indiana to announce $39.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act funds from the Transportation Electrification Initiative
administered by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The eStar™ is proudly sold at the Western International dealership in Toronto and
in partnership with Kemptville International in Ottawa.
About Canada Post
With 71,000 employees and more than 6,500 post offices, The Canada Post
Group - including affiliates Purolator Courier and SCI Group, as well
as Innovapost (a joint venture with CGI), maintains the largest retail
and transportation network in the country. Canada Post delivered close
to 11 billion pieces in 2009 to 15 million addresses across Canada,
posting $7.3 billion in revenue. Canada Post provides innovative
physical and electronic delivery solutions, creating value for our
customers, employees and Canadians. Canada Post has been chosen as one
of Canada's Top 100 employers by Mediacorp for the past four years and
in 2009 was named "Most Iconic Brand in Canada" by Brand Finance
Canada. Website: http://www.canadapost.ca.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company
whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand
commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC
Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of
recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and
step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of
diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company
also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate
offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.
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