EVs Going Postal

December 21, 2022

And it’s about damn time.

Washington Post:

The U.S. Postal Service will buy 66,000 vehicles to build one of the largest electric fleets in the nation, Biden administration officials announced Tuesday, turning to one of the most recognizable vehicles on American roads — boxy white mail trucks — to fight climate change.

Postal officials’ plans call for buying 60,000 “Next Generation Delivery Vehicles” from defense contractor Oshkosh, of which 45,000 will be electric, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told The Washington Post. The agency will also purchase 46,000 models from mainstream automakers, of which 21,000 will be electric.

The Postal Service will spend $9.6 billion on the vehicles and associated infrastructure, officials said, including $3 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden and congressional Democrats’ landmark climate, health-care and tax law.

By 2026, the agency expects to purchase zero-emissions delivery trucks almost exclusively, DeJoy said. It’s a major achievement for a White House climate agenda that leans heavily on reducing greenhouse gases from vehicles.

“It’s wonderful that the Postal Service will be at the forefront of the switch to clean electric vehicles, with postal workers as their ambassadors,” said John Podesta, White House senior adviser for clean energy innovation. “It will get people thinking, ‘If the postal worker delivering our Christmas presents … is driving an EV, I can drive one, too.’”

The mail agency must replace its fleet of 30-year-old trucks, which lack air conditioning, air bags and other standard safety features. They get only 8.2 mpg. At an event Tuesday at Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DeJoy joked that the “Long Life Vehicles” were “best suited to museums rather than our hard-working carriers.”

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5 Responses to “EVs Going Postal”

  1. renewableguy Says:

    Awhile back I was dealing with deniers just on the postal trucks. Recall of if the trucks had vehicle to grid capabilities, pay back would be in 2.5 years. This kind of stuff is win win win.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      is there any explainer out there covering that potential for these vehicles?

      • renewableguy Says:

        https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/usps-ev-has-lowest-lifecycle-cost-james-worden/

        this one is pretty good. I haven’t read the whole thing. But by quick perusal I didn’t notice vehicle to grid simulation. There is a ton of good data in this.

        ICE vehicle fires are rare but data on fires clearly shows that EVs are significantly less likely to be involved in fires than ICE vehicles. In fact, data presented by the auto insurance industry showed how striking the difference is:
        Hybrid vehicles: 3,474 fires per 100,000 vehicle sales (3.4%)
        Gas vehicles: 1,529 fires per 100,000 vehicle sales (1.5%)
        Electric vehicles: 25 fires per 100,000 vehicle sales (0.25%)

  2. renewableguy Says:

    https://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-hidden-barrier-to-v2x-how-states-and-utilities-can-open-the-floodgates/639435/

    Storage is a big deal coming down the line. This article is suggesting backing up the grid by vehicle to grid infrastructure investment.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Great News to hear.

    The agency announced its plan to purchase electric delivery trucks after nearly two years of criticism.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/12/22/1065792/postal-finally-getting-evs/


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