Initially, the USPS will buy 165,000 next-generation mail trucks, only 10 percent of which will be electric vehicles. President Joe Biden and Democratic congressmen are urging the USPS to increase the size of its electric vehicle fleet.
But the USPS decided there was no legal reason to change its plans. Now, the USPS says it will increase its initial electric vehicle orders from 5,000 to 10,019.
The new vehicles will replace many old USPS vehicles that are no longer representative for use.
Over the next 20 years, USPS estimates the total cost to purchase and operate 75,000 delivery vehicles at $9.3 billion for vehicles with internal combustion engines compared to $11.6 billion for electric models.
In 2019, the USPS operated 217,000 vehicles covering approximately 1.2 billion miles. USPS spent approximately $706.2 million in maintenance costs for its fleet of 140,000 aging delivery vehicles.