Postmaster Louis DeJoy unmasking during Congressional headings

Electrification Coalition Demands USPS Go Electric

The United States Postal Service needs to replace its aging fleet of vehicles and President Biden wants them to be electric, but Postmaster Louis DeJoy appears to be not with the program

SOURCE: Electrification Coalition

The Biden Administration has been committed to electrifying federal fleet vehicles since its first days in office. The White House and other federal agencies are making plans to exclusively purchase electric vehicles (EVs) by 2035. This would represent major progress for transportation electrification, because the federal government operates the largest fleet in the country, with more than 650,000 vehicles, including 231,000 operated by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

But USPS, an independent agency outside of direct White House control, has rejected those plans. USPS has committed to spending over $11 billion for 165,000 new delivery vehicles, and 90% of them will be powered by fossil fuels. If USPS proceeds with building and buying these dirty vehicles as planned, they will lock in decades of air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and oil dependency. Furthermore, the high fuel and maintenance costs of these gasoline-powered vehicles will actually leave our nation on the hook for billions of dollars that could be saved by switching to EVs.

Demand the USPS reverse course today.

EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality are now challenging USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy?s flawed decision. The Chair of the Congressional USPS Oversight Subcommittee, Virginia Congressman Gerald Connolly, has even called for DeJoy to be fired over his refusal to electrify the government?s largest fleet.

We agree that DeJoy?s decision is incredibly irresponsible, is based upon faulty assumptions, and misses the single-largest federal opportunity to charge ahead with transportation electrification.

Send a letter to your member of Congress and demand that USPS respond to the EPA, CEQ and Congressional leaders by revisiting this irresponsible decision.

According to an analysis by our partners at Atlas Public Policy, USPS offers a unique and compelling case for vehicle electrification. By 2025, it will be cheaper to use an EV in place of a conventional vehicle for more than 99% of the light-duty vehicles in the USPS fleet. If USPS were to electrify all those vehicles in 2025, it would save $2.9 billion taxpayer dollars over the life of those vehicles. By 2030, that figure increases to nearly 100% of vehicles and would garner $4.6 billion in savings. Electrification of USPS mail trucks alone would yield $2.8 billion and $4.3 billion in savings in 2025 and 2030, respectively.

Take action today: tell USPS to go electric.

First Published: 2022-02-07

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