USPS Invests Big In Electric Vans

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The post office is getting serious about going electric.

As part of its plan to electrify its delivery fleet, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is buying 9,250 Electric Ford E-Transit Vans And 14,000 charging stations, reports AP News. It's also buying 9,250 internal combustion vans from Stellantis, bringing the total fleet purchase price up to $1 billion.

The plan to move to electric vehicles won't be immediate, and, the USPS says, the internal combustion-powered vehicles "fill an urgent need," and comes after the organization was sued for buying $11 billion worth of gas-guzzling trucks in 2022. USPS says it aims to reach 75 percent electrification by 2040 and will only be buying electric vehicles as of 2026.


Ford will start shipping the left-hand-drive E-Transit vans in December of this year, while Stellantis will start delivering its left-hand-drive gas-powered vehicles in November. The orders for chargers are split between Blink Charging Company, Siemens Industry., and Rexel USA Energy Solutions for a total of $260 million. Installation of the charging stations at sorting and delivery centers will start in the final quarter of this year.

In total, USPS says it is spending nearly $10 billion to electrify its aging fleet, including the installation of a modern charging infrastructure across the country at postal facilities and buying at least 66,000 electric delivery trucks in the next five years.


The USPS's spending includes $3 billion of funding approved under a climate and health policy adopted by Congress last year.

It should be a huge upgrade both for the cost of running the USPS and its environmental footprint. Vehicles like The Grumman Long-Life Vehicles (LLVs) have been running since Bill Clinton was in office returned just 8.2 mpg while the newer Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) get just 8.6 mpg with the air conditioning running. That's worse fuel economy than a RAM TRX and even a Bugatti Chiron. The newer trucks use around 110 million gallons of gas annually.


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