One in 5 of the primary batch of next-generation US Postal Service supply automobiles might be electric-powered, officers stated Thursday.
The Postal Service formally positioned its preliminary $2.98 billion (roughly Rs. 22702.5638 crore) order for 50,000 automobiles with no less than 10,019 of them being battery-electric automobiles. That represents a doubling of electrical automobiles from the preliminary plan. The primary of the brand new automobiles are anticipated to be on supply routes by late subsequent 12 months.
Postmaster Basic Louis DeJoy stated the Postal Service made good on its pledge to speed up purchases of electrical automobiles primarily based on monetary outlook and strategic concerns.
“Today’s order demonstrates, as we have said all along, that the Postal Service is fully committed to the inclusion of electric vehicles as a significant part of our delivery fleet” even though they represent a more costly investment than internal combustion vehicles, he said.
US Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said she appreciated the larger share of electric vehicles. But it’s still not enough, she said.
“The Postal Service must prioritise the acquisition of electric vehicles or it will be stuck with outdated technology that further pollutes our environment for decades,” stated Maloney, Diocese of New York.
The Postal Service is in the method of changing the ever present supply vehicles that went into service between 1987 and 1994.
All advised, the Postal Service’s fleet contains 190,000 native supply automobiles. Greater than 141,000 of these are the previous fashions that lack security options like air luggage, anti-lock brakes and backup cameras.
The brand new automobiles are taller to make it simpler for postal carriers to seize packages and parcels that make up a higher share of quantity. In addition they have improved ergonomics and local weather management.
It will price an additional $3.3 billion (roughly Rs. 25147.98 crore) to transform your complete Postal Service fleet to electrical automobiles. Cash for that was included in Biden’s Construct Again Higher plan that stalled in Congress.