The new postal fleet

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Postal Service is sticking to its plans to have only 10 percent of its new delivery fleet run on electric batteries, with the rest chugging along on internal combustion engines. USPS plans to publish an environmental review in the Federal Register today for its plan to buy between 50,000 and 165,000 new delivery vehicles over the next 10 years. The exact mix of EVs to ICEs isn’t yet set in stone, since the new review says the 10 percent figure is the floor, which could give EVs a greater share. Still, environmentalists aren’t pleased.

“The U.S. Postal Service confirmed that it’s dead set against considering the real-world financial and health benefits of transitioning to zero-emitting electric vehicles,” Patricio Portillo, transportation analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “This is a lost opportunity and a huge disappointment.”

USPS could acquire more electric vehicles if it gets federal funding to do so — a point Portillo made in pushing for greater EV funding under Democrats’ reconciliation package.