Navistar eStar Electric Truck Joins Canada Post Fleet

Canada Post today announced it has added the first fully electric small delivery vehicles to its fleet, as it has purchased four eStar trucks from Navistar, a vehicle with 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 way.”

According to Navistar, 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.

The eStar is engineered with superior aerodynamics, a walk-through 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.


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