Our Post Office realized electric mail trucks make sense

The United States Postal Service announced its first official order for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicles, the ones that will eventually replace the iconic and ironically-named Long Life Vehicles, some of which have been on the road for more than 30 years. That order will include 50,000 vehicles for a total cost of $2.98 billion. But it will also include 10,019 battery electric vehicles, more than doubling the USPS’s EV order from previous announcements…

Upping that percentage of EVs for the first batch of orders signals the USPS might be changing its attitude towards the viability of EVs for its delivery fleet. Or it might not. Since the USPS first announced the new vehicle order, Congress has passed a bill that will shore up the USPS’s finances, a prerequisite DeJoy has long cited for the USPS to buy more EVs, even though experts agree EVs will save the USPS money in the long run. And if the USPS ends up ordering the full 165,000 vehicles the contract allows, it would still need to order about 6,500 more to meet the 10 percent threshold DeJoy initially committed to.

Trump leftovers in government – like DeJoy – are useless half the time. As they always were. Rest of the time they work at being dangerous.

3 thoughts on “Our Post Office realized electric mail trucks make sense

  1. bs says:

    (April 28, 2022) Three separate lawsuits were filed today against the U.S. Postal Service over the quasi-independent agency’s billion-dollar move to replace its aging delivery fleet with a majority of gasoline-powered vehicles.
    The lawsuits say USPS failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, including by using inaccurate or outdated information about the emissions of gas-powered trucks and the cost of electric vehicles.
    The Natural Resources Defense Council and the United Auto Workers filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Earthjustice, CleanAirNow, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity filed their lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
    California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) led 14 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a separate lawsuit in the Northern District of California.
    Bonta and James were joined by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, as well as the city of New York and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
    The agency last month paid nearly $3 billion for its first batch of 50,000 new delivery trucks to begin replacing its Grumman Long Life Vehicles, many of which are over 30 years old and lack modern safety and efficiency features.
    Because the new models are air-conditioned, the average fuel economy will actually decrease to 8.6 mpg.
    While USPS doubled the number of electric vehicles included in the first order, it does not plan to increase its overall EV purchases, according to testimony a top agency official gave during a hearing earlier this month (April 6).

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