US Postal Service to acquire 1,000 flexible-fuel vehicles

09 July 2009 21:11  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US Postal Service said on Thursday it would replace 6,500 aging vehicles in its delivery fleet with fuel-efficient automobiles, including 1,000 flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) that can run on E-85 ethanol.

E-85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

The postal service will also receive 900 gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles in addition to the 1,000 vehicles that can run on E-85.

The remaining 4,600 units will be replaced with four-cylinder vehicles, but more fuel-efficient versions than those now in use, a spokesperson said.

No financial details were disclosed.

The postal service said it has increased alternative fuel use by 41% since 2006, and that it plans to reduce petroleum use by 20% during the next five years.

“Replacing aging vehicles with more fuel-efficient and alternative fuel-capable vehicles is key to reaching that goal,” it said.

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