WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Electric vehicle company Workhorse Group filed a legal challenge on Wednesday to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decision in February to award a multibillion-dollar, 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture a new generation of postal delivery vehicles.
The contract could be worth more than $6 billion in total. It allows for delivery over 10 years of between 50,000 and 165,000 of a mix of internal combustion-powered and battery-electric vehicles.
Workhorse had proposed building an all-electric vehicle fleet for USPS and has support of many U.S. lawmakers. USPS did not immediately comment. The bid protest was filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims under seal.
USPS declined to comment on the challenge but said “preproduction design, tooling and facility preparation are proceeding on schedule with the first (next generation delivery vehicles) estimated to appear on carrier routes in 2023.