Why has it taken so long for the USPS to get electric vehicles?



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         The U.S. Postal service has actually tried to use electric vehicles several times. In fact, it first tested an electric vehicle in 1899. In the past twenty years, it tried several programs that never caught on because the technology was not developed enough and gas was cheap. In the early 1990s, USPS tried electric vehicles but dropped them because the batteries were too big. In 1996, General Motors helped the Postal Service convert several of its trucks to electric power, but when GM’s entire electric program was cancelled, so was the project. In 2000, Ford was awarded a contract to develop 500 electric vehicles but the project was scrapped because of limited battery availability. 

         This summer, the USPS is trying again with a pilot program in the Washington, D.C. area. Hopefully this time the program will be successful.  

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