Postal Service tests electric delivery vehicles

KEY WEST, Fla. _ The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail by car, truck, plane, boat, ferry, helicopter, bicycle, foot, and in the Grand Canyon, even mule.

Now, in Key West and seven other warm-climate cities, the Postal Service is testing an economical and environmentally friendly vehicle to add to its diverse fleet: an electric three-wheeler called the T3.

'The T3 is similar to a Segway, and the driver stands while navigating it. The one designed specifically for postal workers includes two side compartments for mail and pulls a small trailer. The T3 with trailer can carry 450 pounds of mail, the equivalent of a daily route for one carrier.

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