Environmental groups and the UAW are contemplating legal action to block the U.S. Postal Service’s plans for replacing the aging fleet of vehicles used for mail delivery throughout the U.S.
The USPS says it has completed its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act and evaluated the potential environmental impacts of the agency’s Next Generation Vehicle Delivery (NGDV) program, which would favor internal-combustion engines over batteries.
Of the 50,000 to 165,000 new delivery vehicles USPS plans to purchase, 90% would be ICE-powered and 10% would be electric. The agency awarded a 10-year, $6 billion contract to Oshkosh Defense of Oshkosh, WI, in February 2021. The vehicles are scheduled to be deployed in 2023.