The US Postal Service (USPS) has announced plans to include 5,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to its fleet.
It is part of the organisation’s Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) programme, which is designed to introduce safer and more environmentally friendly vehicles and work towards the electrification of its delivery fleet.
USPS is also continuing to work towards replace its 30-year-old delivery vehicles that are powered by polluting fuels.
The projects are part of its target to achieve 70% fleet electrification within a decade.
Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and USPS Chief Executive Officer said: “Our commitment to an electric fleet remains ambitious given the pressing vehicle and safety needs of our ageing fleet as well as our dire financial condition.
“The proposed action, which we are evaluating under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), includes an initial order plan for 5,000 electric vehicles and the flexibility to increase the number of electric vehicles introduced should additional funding become available. Absent such funding, we must make fiscally responsible decisions that result in the needed introduction of safer and environmentally cleaner vehicles for the men and women who deliver America’s mail.”