WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it has placed an initial $2.98 billion order for 50,000 next-generation delivery vehicles from Oshkosh Corp and is doubling its planned initial purchases of electric vehicles.
U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy said that, based on USPSThrough ongoing reform efforts and “our improving outlook, we have determined that increasing our initial purchase of electric vehicles from 5,000 to 10,019 makes operational and financial sense. »
DeJoy previously pledged to buy at least 10% electric vehicles as part of its multi-billion dollar plan to retire its 30-year-old delivery vehicles.
USPS in February, rejected an offer from the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its plans to buy mostly gas-powered vehicles and hold a new hearing.
USPS said he expects the vehicles to start appearing on carrier roads in late 2023.
In February of last year, the USPS announced an initial $482 million contract for Oshkosh and said it could order up to 165,000 vehicles over 10 years in a deal that could be worth $6 billion or more.
Modern vehicles will replace many old ones USPS vehicles without airbags and other safety equipment and air conditioning.
Oshkosh said its “contract allows flexibility, when funding is provided, to increase the percentage of (electric vehicles) to be produced even after an order is placed.”
On Friday, a group of U.S. lawmakers asked Oshkosh whether it was seeking to avoid using unionized workers in deciding to build the vehicles in South Carolina.
On Monday, lawmakers asked the Office of the Inspector General of Postal Services (OIG) to review USPSvehicle purchase plan.
The inspector general’s office said it “will do additional work in response to this request.”
USPS said last week that its commitment to “an electric fleet remains ambitious given the pressing vehicle and safety needs of our aging fleet as well as our fragile financial situation.”