USPS Places Purchase Order for 10K EVs
March 29, 2022—The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday said it has ordered 10,019 electric delivery vehicles from Oshkosh Defense.
The 10,019 EVs are part of a larger $2.98 billion order for 50,000 new vehicles that will start replacing some of the 190,000 delivery vehicles currently in service. According to a news release from the agency, some vehicles currently in use are more than 30 years old.
“We are pleased to be moving forward with this much needed investment in our fleet,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in the release. “Today’s order demonstrates, as we have said all along, that the Postal Service is fully committed to the inclusion of electric vehicles as a significant part of our delivery fleet even though the investment will cost more than an internal combustion engine vehicle.
The Next Generation Delivery Vehicles will have modern safety technology and advanced warning systems and basic driver comforts such as air conditioning and improved ergonomics.
The agency expects its new vehicles to be in service by the end of 2023.
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