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The USPS Ordered Six Vans From EV Startup Canoo For “Exploratory” Reasons

January 26, 2024


Canoo still hasn’t delivered a single car to consumers, yet the upstart EV company is inking deals left and right with government agencies. First, they teamed up with NASA for shuttle transport vehicles, then the Oklahoma state government – even the US Army evaluated Canoo’s capabilities. Now the United States Postal Service (USPS) is pinging Canoo for a pint-sized fleet of mail delivery vans.

The USPS placed an order for six right-hand-drive versions of the Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle 190 – an extended variant of its electric van with an enclosed rear cargo hold. Yes, just six vehicles.

The USPS should be able to get around 200 miles of range with the Canoo LDV 190, which has a 79.0-kilowatt-hour battery pack with DC fast charging capabilities, and 200 horsepower on the base version (or up to 350 hp on certain specs). The cargo hold can carry up to 172.0 cubic feet and haul up to 1,624 pounds of mail. Converting the Canoos to right-hand drive was a relatively simple process, notes Canoo CEO Tony Aquila.

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