The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that it intends to buy 66,000 electric delivery vehicles as part of its 106,000 vehicle acquisition plan for EV deliveries between now and 2028. They are willing to purchase EVs as part of the anticipated plan and will begin to replace UPSC's ageing delivery fleet of over 22,000 vehicles.
The U.S. Postal Service has faced public pressure from environmental campaigns to electrify its fleet. They have agreed to spend $9.6 billion for the purchase of 106,000 next-generation delivery electric vehicles. They have also stated that United States PS will only buy electric vehicles after 2026.
Environmental groups in the US have filed a lawsuit against the postal service for its failure to conduct an environmental analysis before replacing its vehicle fleet with more mail trucks. In February, the USPS said that it will purchase 5000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles by replacing gas-powered trucks. After pushback from Biden's administration from the Postal Service of the US, the agency has increased the proportion of delivery electric vehicles in the order.
Now, the USPS decides to purchase at laest 60,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles by 2028, and at lesat 75% of them will be electric vehicles. From 2026, they will make sure that all Next Generation Delivery Vehicles are EVS only. They will start working on delivery routes next year. In addition, the agency wants to buy 21,000 off-the-shelf EVs through 2028.
USPS expects to spend $9.6 billions on the NGDV purchases a d related infrastructure, $3 billion which is from Inflamation Reduction Act. The $3 billion provided by Congress has reduced the risk with accelerating the implementation of nationalwide infrastructure to electrify delivery fleet.