The service will launch its first units in December. 9.250 Ford E-Transit signed a contract to purchase an electric minibus. Ford said the handover will be completed by the end of 2024. The USPS is also pre-ordering more than 14,000 charging stations for its facilities across the country.
USPS by 2028 75% electric to at least 60,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) plans to buy. Ford vans are part of an additional plan to purchase 21,000 “off-the-shelf” electric vehicles. Postmaster Louis DeJoy says this helps the USPS act quickly on a strategy that improves postal service and working conditions while keeping costs low for the self-sufficient agency. Total vehicle investment is expected to cost $9.6 billion, including $3 billion in funding through the Inflation Reduction Act.
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USPS initially NGDV expected most of his orders to be for gas trucks. But the Biden administration has opposed this approach, claiming that the USPS under DeJoy ignored Environmental Protection Agency recommendations, rejected public hearings, and relied on “biased” estimates. It challenged management before shifting most of its utility purchases to electric models.
This transition to EVs, It will play an important role in the government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for itself and the country in general. The USPS represents the largest federal vehicle fleet and EV purchases will have a significant impact relative to other agencies.