USPS to Up EV Purchase Commitment to 40%
July 21, 2022—After placing an order earlier this year for 50,000 new delivery vehicles from Oshkosh Corp, 10,000 of which were set to be EVs, the United States Postal Service has said it will significantly increase the number of fully electric vehicles it is ordering.
According to a report from The Detroit News, the agency will be more than doubling the total number of EVs it is purchasing from Oshkosh to 25,000. In addition to that purchase, USPS will purchase 34,500 "off-the-shelf" delivery trucks over the next two years due to a dire need to replace its aging fleet.
Between the Oshkosh contract and the accelerated purchase plan, the agency will have at least 40 percent of its new vehicles be fully electric. Over the next decade, USPS plans to spend $6 billion to buy upward of 165,000 new vehicles for its fleet.