Under intense pressure from Congress and the Biden administration, the US Postal Service has doubled its initial order for EVs.
The next-generation delivery vehicle (NGDV) will include 10,000 electric cars on the initial 50,000 vehicle order.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy noted that the postal service would keep looking for opportunities to electrify.
“We will continue to look for opportunities to increase the electrification of our delivery fleet in a responsible manner, consistent with our operating strategy, the deployment of appropriate infrastructure, and our financial condition, which we expect to continue to improve as we pursue our plan”
Last month, the US Postal Service announced it was planning to buy 5,000 EVs on its initial order.
This announcement was met with opposition from multiple parts of the Biden administration, including the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The US Postal Service has one of the largest fleets in the United States Government and is second only to the Department of Defense.