It looks like the new trucks the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been promising for years are finally going to start being produced. However, the type of trucks the agency is purchasing is still a matter of controversy and debate
Last year, the USPS, announced an agreement to purchase approximately 150,000 new gas-powered vehicles. This came as a disappointment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House (which has no direct control over the USPS or its controversial Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed during the previous administration.)
New trucks may be safer but only slightly more environmentally friendly
They had anticipated that the new trucks would be electric vehicles (EVs). According to the EPA, the trucks the USPS has contracted to buy are just slightly more fuel-efficient when it comes to miles per gallon (mpg) than those currently on the road – some of which date back to the 1980s.
As we discussed in a post last summer, some of these older trucks have had safety issues, including catching fire. The USPS reportedly has been scouting new vehicles for seven years.
While the EPA has asked the USPS to reconsider its $11.3 billion contract with Oshkosh Defense for the new fleet, just last month DeJoy said that it’s moving ahead with the contract, citing cost as the reason for going with a fleet of EVs. The new vehicles are expected to roll out sometime next year. While the vast majority of the new trucks won’t be EVs, at least they will be far more modern than many of those we see now, which were manufactured in the 1980s and 1990s. That should be a relief to both USPS employees who spend their days in them and those of us who share the roads with them.
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