U.S. Postal Service doubles the number of EV delivery vans ordered for the first time

One-fifth of the first deliveries of next-generation delivery vehicles from the U.S. Postal Service will be electric, officials said Thursday.

The Postal Service has officially placed an order worth $2.98 billion (roughly double the number of electric cars originally planned), with the first new cars expected to be delivered by the end of next year.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the Postal Service has delivered on its promise to accelerate the purchase of electric vehicles based on financial prospects and strategic considerations.

"As we've said throughout, today's order demonstrates that the Postal Service is fully committed to incorporating electric vehicles into our delivery fleet," even though they are a more expensive investment than combustion engine vehicles,

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said she applauds the larger share of electric vehicles. But that's not enough, she said.

"The Postal Service must prioritize the purchase of electric vehicles or it will be plagued with outdated technology that will continue to pollute our environment for decades," said New York Diocese of Maloney.

The Post Office is replacing the ubiquitous delivery vans that were in use between 1987 and 1994.

In total, the Postal Service's fleet includes 190,000 local delivery vehicles. More than 141,000 of them are older models that lack safety features such as airbags, anti-lock braking systems and reversing cameras.

THe new vehicles are taller, making it easier for mail carriers to receive high-volume packages and packages. They also improved ergonomics and climate control.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said she applauds the larger share of electric vehicles. But that's not enough, she said.

"The Postal Service needs to prioritize EV adoption or it will be plagued by outdated technology that will continue to pollute our environment for decades," said Maloney, a Democrat from New York.

The Post Office is replacing the ubiquitous delivery vans that were in use between 1987 and 1994.

In total, the Postal Service's fleet includes 190,000 local delivery vehicles. More than 141,000 of them are older models that lack safety features such as airbags, anti-lock braking systems and reversing cameras.

The new vehicles are taller, making it easier for mail carriers to receive high-volume packages and packages. They also improved ergonomics and climate control.

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