WASHINGTON– The U.S. Postal Service stated Thursday it placed a preliminary $2.98 billion order for 50,000 next-generation shipment lorries from Oshkosh Corp and will double its initial planned EV purchases.

U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy said that based upon USPS’s continuous reform efforts and “our improving outlook, we have actually determined that increasing our initial electric vehicle buy from 5,000 to 10,019 makes great sense from an operational and monetary point of view.”

DeJoy formerly dedicated to buying at least 10% EVs as part of its multibillion-dollar plan to retire its 30-year-old shipment vehicles.

USPS in February turned down a quote by the White Home and Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate its strategies to buy primarily gasoline-powered vehicles and hold a new hearing.

USPS said it expects the lorries will start appearing on provider routes in late 2023.

In February in 2015, the USPS revealed a preliminary $482 million contract for Oshkosh and said it could purchase approximately 165,000 lorries over ten years in an offer that could be worth $6 billion or more.

The contemporary cars will change lots of older USPS vehicles that lack air bags and other safety equipment as well as a/c.

Oshkosh said its “agreement allows the versatility, when funding is supplied, to increase the percentage of (electrical cars) to be produced even after an order is placed.”

On Friday, a group of U.S. legislators asked Oshkosh if it sought to prevent using union employees by choosing to develop the vehicles in South Carolina.

On Monday, legislators asked the Postal Service Workplace of Inspector General (OIG) to evaluate USPS’s lorry purchase plan.

The inspector general’s workplace stated it “will be doing extra operate in reaction to that request.”

USPS stated last week its commitment to “an electrical fleet remains enthusiastic offered the pushing automobile and safety needs of our aging fleet as well as our fragile financial condition.”

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