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GAO – Action Needed to Improve Credibility of Cost Assumptions for Next Generation Delivery Vehicles

April 20, 2023

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USPS is replacing its fleet of 200,000 delivery vehicles. Its new vehicles will include features like air bags, collision sensors, and an electric vehicle option.

USPS analyzed different factors, like fuel costs, to determine what proportion of gas and electric vehicles to purchase. In March 2022, USPS used a gas price of $2.71 in its analysis when actual gas prices were higher—affecting the decision to buy mostly gas vehicles. If USPS had used the prevailing price in its analysis, it would have suggested a purchase of mostly electric vehicles.

We recommended that USPS better explain its decision-making when purchasing these vehicles.

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