News from Zap's California headquarters has been quiet of late, with not much more than a few tidbits about a possible electric SUV and more orders for the Zaptruck reaching our screens. This week, though, we heard about a new possibility for Zap's electric vehicles (EVs) to hit the road: this time as service vehicles for the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS, through Congress, is giving a big push to get a lot of electric vehicles into the fleet.

The full details of Zap's new engineering prototype contract from the USPS "for the design and development of an electric mail truck" have not been announced, but U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will tour the Zap EV facility next week "to learn more about how this federal program is creating local jobs." From the press release, available after the jump, we learn that Zap's USPS vehicle won't be the Xebra (pictured), but is for "the conversion of a gasoline postal truck to run on electricity." More details will probably be available Tuesday.

[Source: Zap]

PRESS RELEASE

US Postal Service Awards ZAP of Santa Rosa, California an Engineering Contract for Prototype Electric Mail Truck

US Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Sixth District Santa Rosa) Scheduled to Tour

ZAP Electric Vehicle Facility February 16 in Santa Rosa, California

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Feb. 12 The United States Postal Service has awarded Bay Area electric car pioneer ZAP an engineering prototype contract for the design and development of an electric mail truck. US Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey is scheduled to tour ZAP's electric vehicle facility in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 11:30 AM PST to learn more about how this federal program is creating local jobs.

WHAT: Electric vehicle facility tour with US Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D - Sixth District California)

Bay Area EV pioneer ZAP has been awarded a competitive R&D contract for the conversion of a gasoline postal truck to run on electricity

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 11:30 AM PST
WHERE: ZAP EV Facility, 806 Donahue between 8th and 9th St. in Santa Rosa
WHO: US Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D - Sixth District California)
ZAP (www.zapworld.com) CEO Steve Schneider & Employees
WHY: The US Postal Service is studying the reduction of fuel consumption through a feasibility study of electric mail trucks. Federal legislation would convert 20,000 mail trucks to run on electricity.
This postal service contract is creating local jobs in Santa Rosa

VISUALS: US mail truck in process of conversion
Tour of ZAP's assembly, research and development facility for electric vehicles
Demonstrations and test drives of several ZAP electric vehicles available to the media. See http://www.zapworld.com/ for more info
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