USPS invests in battery electric vehicles
The US Postal Service is to change the composition of its delivery fleet – at least 50% of newly ordered GNDVs under the current contract should be battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV)
The adjustments reflect improvements to the Postal Service’s overall network modernization, route optimization, facility improvements electric infrastructure and availability of vehicles and technology. The expanded composition of the proposed fleet will include Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) and Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) vehicles, and the resulting grid adjustments and cost savings will facilitate significantly increased battery deployment electric vehicles (BEV).
In February 2022, the Postal Service fulfilled its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act process and issued a Record of Decision to acquire up to 165,000 NGDVs, with a commitment of at least 10% of BEV. This move was expressly designed to provide the Postal Service with the flexibility to acquire significantly more BEV NGDV if financial and operational circumstances permit. In accordance with this decision, the Postal Service then announced in March 2022 a purchase of 50,000 NGDVs from Oshkosh Defense, including 20% BEVs.
Now, under the new adjusted scope of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), the Postal Service is proposing to limit its decision to the 50,000 NGDVs already purchased and to increase the minimum percentage of NGDV BEVs to at minus 50%. Due to the critical and immediate need to expedite the replacement of our aging fleet in accordance with the Delivering for America plan, and the purpose and scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, the Postal Service is also offering purchase, over a 2-year period, 34,500 COTS vehicles. Additional purchases of NGDV under the current contract or other COTS vehicles will be analyzed in future supplements to the EIS prior to such purchases. The Postal Service plans to evaluate and acquire vehicles over shorter periods to be more responsive to changes in its operational strategy, technology improvements and changing market conditions, including availability. expected increase in BEV options in the future.
In total, of the above 84,500 NGDV and COTS vehicles, the Postal Service expects to have at least 40% BEV. La Poste reiterates its commitment to a fiscally responsible deployment of electric-motorized vehicles for the largest and oldest federal fleet in America. New NGDVs are expected to begin serving postal routes in late 2023.