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US Postal Service plans to double e-delivery fleet purchases

US Postal Service plans to double e-delivery fleet purchases

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WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service (USPS) will more than double its planned purchases of electric delivery vehicles, officials said Tuesday, tapping into Congressional funding and responding to pressure from the White House to cut emissions.

USPS said it now plans to purchase at least 66,000 electric vehicles by 2028, after committing to purchase 25,000 next-generation electric delivery vehicles in July and announcing it was considering purchasing up to an additional 20,000 commercially available vehicles .

Congress in August earmarked $3 billion for the purchase of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure as part of a $430 billion climate bill. The White House said USPS will spend $1.7 billion on charging infrastructure.

In December 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring government-purchased light commercial vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2027. The regulation did not apply to the Postal Service because it is an independent federal agency.

Senior White House adviser John Podesta said the plan is consistent with Biden’s goal and “puts the Postal fleet on a course toward electrification, significantly reducing vehicle miles traveled on the network, and putting USPS at the forefront of the clean transit revolution.” .

In July, USPS announced it would purchase at least 25,000 next-generation electric delivery vehicles — more than double its previous estimate, and said it could buy an additional 20,000 off-the-shelf electric vehicles.

On Tuesday, USPS announced that it now expects to spend $9.6 billion on vehicle acquisitions through 2028. It expects 45,000 of its 60,000 Oshkosh Defense Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) to be battery-electric by 2028, and it plans to purchase 21,000 additional commercial-the-shelf (COTS) EVs “based on market availability and operational feasibility.” “.

In February, the White House sharply criticized the USPS’ initial proposal to purchase 90% gas-powered vehicles.

USPS said purchasing at least 66,000 electric vehicles is part of its plan to acquire 106,000 vehicles for deliveries by 2028. But USPS, which currently has an aging gasoline-powered delivery fleet of more than 220,000 vehicles, said Tuesday it also expects to to buy more gas. powered vehicles “necessary to cover the immediate need for vehicle replacement”.

USPS said NGDV acquisitions shipping in 2026 and beyond are expected to be all electric. The modern vehicles will replace many 30-year-old USPS vehicles that lack airbags and other safety equipment, as well as air conditioning.

In April, 16 states, four environmental groups and the United Auto Workers union filed lawsuits to prevent USPS from buying next-generation, mostly gas-powered delivery vehicles under a deal with Oshkosh worth at least $2.98 billion.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by David Gregorio)

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