The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) seems to have had a change of coronary heart about electrical automobiles. A yr in the past, the company pushed again in opposition to President Biden’s federal EV objectives, however it mentioned on Wednesday that it now plans to make 40% of its new vans electrical, up from its unique projection of 10%.
The Postal Service mentioned it has decided that there’s a “compelling want” and that it’ll make changes if it needs to proceed to modernize and refine all that it does from routes to infrastructure.
The proposed expanded fleet combine will now embody 41,000 electrical automobiles, in addition to purpose-built Subsequent Era Supply Automobiles (NGDVs) and business off-the-shelf (COTS) automobiles.
Responding to strain
The Postal Service’s change of coronary heart may additionally have one thing to do with lawsuits and challenges from varied teams, states, and lawmakers which were directed at Postmaster Common Louis DeJoy. For instance, legislators have said that they need the Postal Service’s fleet to be 75% electrical, a quantity they felt achievable after the Workplace of Inspector Common decided that greater than 95% of supply routes within the U.S. are acceptable for electrification. There have additionally been severe environmental issues.
“Postal supply routes are stop-and-go by nature, which signifies that gas-powered supply automobiles idle simply outdoors folks’s properties for a lot of the day. This every day air pollution impacts almost each single resident within the nation,” three environmental teams mentioned in a separate lawsuit in opposition to DeJoy.
“However the dangerous results of this air pollution are felt most importantly by low-income communities of colour, which are sometimes compelled to breathe compounding sources of air pollution.”
One final hurdle
The one hurdle left for the USPS to leap over earlier than locking within the added electrical automobiles to its buy order is a public listening to in August. In its request for public remark, the company mentioned electrifying a part of its fleet is only a begin.
“Over the subsequent ten to fifteen years, the Postal Service intends to pursue a a number of step acquisition course of in our long term efforts to totally exchange our getting older supply fleet, and in that regard anticipates evaluating and procuring smaller portions of automobiles over shorter time durations,” the USPS mentioned.
Company officers mentioned they’re open to any concepts the general public has about environmental issues or potential alternate options they need to contemplate when it comes to pricing, operational capabilities, and market availability. Particulars on the best way to provide these ideas can be found right here.