Last Mile Brief 02/03/2022: USPS orders 9,250 new EVs and 14,000 charging stations

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In today's Last Mile Brief, we bring you news of a major USPS investment in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as well as reports of imminent strike action impacting delivery companies in the UK, Belgium and France.

Last Mile Brief 02/03/2022: USPS orders 9,250 new EVs and 14,000 charging stations
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Today’s headline story: USPS orders 9,250 new EVs and 14,000 charging stations

The United States Postal Service has awarded contracts for 9,250 commercially available left-hand drive (LHD) battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as well as initial orders for more than 14,000 charging stations to be deployed at Postal Service facilities.

The parcel and postal delivery operator says the contracts are consistent with the vehicle electrification strategy it announced in December of 2022.

Overall, the Postal Service says its total investment in vehicles is expected to reach $9.6 billion, including $3 billion from Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funds. The December 2022 plan announced intended acquisitions over the next five years of a 75 percent electric fleet of Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV).

USPS’ acquisitions of NGDV after 2026 will be 100 percent electric. As part of the earliest stages of the delivery vehicle replacement plan, a contract for 9,250 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) internal combustion engine vehicles will also be concurrently awarded to fill the urgent need for vehicles.

According to USPS, the specific locations for deployment of the vehicles and infrastructure have not yet been finalized and will depend on route characteristics, including whether a left-hand drive vehicle is mission-suitable as well as other business considerations.

The Postal Service says it plans to begin building out its charging infrastructure across a minimum of 75 locations within the next 12 months, and thereafter to continue the infrastructure build out in the succeeding years at many additional facilities as a part of our delivery vehicle electrification strategy.

“We are moving forward with our plans to simultaneously improve our service, reduce our cost, grow our revenue, and improve the working environment for our employees. Electrification of our vehicle fleet is now an important component of these initiatives,” said Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General. “We have developed a strategy that mitigates both cost and risk of deployment – which enable execution on this initiative to begin now. I again want to thank the Administration officials and members of Congress who have assisted us in this initiative. Each has shown genuine understanding that our movement toward electrification must be thoughtful and deliberate, must appropriately manage risk, and must be consistent with our primary delivery mission for the American people.”

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