New electric mail trucks running late, by about eight months
- The Postal Service said its next-generation fleet of delivery vehicles is behind schedule. USPS said in a federal court filing that it now expects to receive its first next-generation vehicles in June 2024. The agency previously said vendor Oshkosh Defense would provide those vehicles this October. USPS placed its initial order for the next-gen fleet in March 2022 and spent nearly $3 billion to buy 50,000 vehicles. USPS expects electric vehicles will make up 75% of its next-generation fleet, but it is still facing a lawsuit from 16 states over an earlier plan to acquire a mostly gas-powered fleet.
(State of California v. United States Postal Service – U.S. District Court Northern District of California)