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USPS to ramp up its delivery vehicle fleet electrification, new NGDVs expected for late 2023

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The US Postal Service said Wednesday it expects that at least 40 percent of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs) and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles covered by the SEIS to be pure EVs. The decision follows the $107 billion financial overhaul decision by the Senate allowing the company to invest in efficient service.

“In total, of the above 84,500 NGDV and COTS vehicles, the Postal Service anticipates having at least 40 percent BEV. The Postal Service reiterates its commitment to the fiscally responsible roll-out of electric-powered vehicles for America’s largest and oldest federal fleet. New NGDVs are expected to start servicing postal routes in late 2023,” USPS said.

On June 10, the USPS published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed change to the Preferred Alternative for its NGDV acquisitions.

The Postal Service proposed today the modification of its Preferred Alternative to “a significantly higher percentage of BEVs, and certainly not less than 50 percent”.

“This significant increase that we anticipate in the minimum percentage of BEV NGDVs reflects the favorable cost benefit impacts expected from the changes to both our operational strategy and our acquisition planning horizon that are discussed below,” USPS added.

“Postal Service proposes to procure within a two-year period: (1) up to 20,000 left-hand drive Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) vehicles, including as many BEVs as are commercially available and consistent with our delivery profile; and (2) up to 14,500 right-hand drive ICE COTS vehicles. To be clear, the Postal Service anticipates that because of our critical and immediate need for delivery vehicles to fulfill our universal service mission, and the limitations on the current market availability for BEVs that can support our daily requirement to deliver to 163 million addresses six (and sometimes seven) days per week, it will be necessary for us to procure some ICE vehicles.”

In February, the Postal Service completed its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act process and issued a decision to acquire up to 165,000 NGDV, with a commitment for at least 10 percent BEV. One month later, USPS announced a purchase of 50,000 NGDV from Oshkosh Defense, including 10,000 pure electric vehicles.

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