The driver of the electric car inserts the electrical connector to charge the batteries.

USPS Unveils EV Charging Stations As They Get Ready For Their Electric Future

The United States Postal Service (USPS) debuted its first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its delivery center in Atlanta, Georgia. It marks the first step in a massive overhaul that will transition the postal service to battery-electric delivery vehicles.

The Next Generation Of The USPS

According to a report from Car and Driver, the USPS plans to make its fleet of delivery vehicles 100 percent battery-electric. It’s unveiling of EV charging stations at its Atlanta delivery center is the first of many such stations set to debut throughout the rest of the country as this year progresses. USPS’s effort to fully adopt EVs for their delivery vehicle fleet is part of their multi-year efforts.

According to the same report, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said of this overhaul, “The improvements we need to achieve in sustainability are an integral outgrowth of the broader modernization of efforts we have undertaken through our 10-year Delivering for America plan. As we transform our operating processes and invest in new automation, technologies, and upgraded facilities and vehicles, we will generate significant efficiencies that reduce our costs, slash our carbon footprint, and minimize waste.”

Car and Driver’s report states that Blink, Siemens, and Rexel/Chargepoint will manufacture USPS’s first 14,000 EV charging stations. Siemens manufactured USPS’s Atlanta delivery center charging stations.

The report states that USPS also debuted an example of the EV that will comprise most of their future delivery vehicles alongside their Atlanta charging stations. The government calls these new electric automobiles Ford e-Transits, Commercial Off-The-Shelf Delivery Vehicles (COTS.) USPS currently plans to order 9,250 COTS from Ford and 21,000 overall. These Ford e-Transits are what USPS will use until their New Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs) are ready this June. (And wow, are they ugly, even by EV standards.)

School Buses Are Also Going Electric

It’s not just the USPS going electric; school buses are also going through their electrification process. School bus maker Blue Bird recently celebrated the delivery of their 1,500th electric bus, along with a new 180 eclectic bus order from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which marks the most significant single electric school bus order in the company’s history. They have delivered electric buses to school districts in 41 states so far.

There’s a lot of funding available for school districts to purchase electric buses due to the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which has a federal program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allocates $5 billion for them to get rebates on the purchase of electric buses.

School buses are also ideal candidates for electrification because their daily mileage and driving schedules are predictable, making range anxiety something they do not have to worry about.

Author: Jarret Hendrickson

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