USPS under more pressure as Senate increases fundings: Calls for Action

by Aug 12, 2022

The United States Postal Service (USPS), is one of the biggest delivery service entities under the federal governance of the United States of America. It was, in addition, also one of the highlighted entities that was promised to be put on track towards carbon neutrality when President Biden made calls for the beginning of electrification trends within the United States. However, since the calls were made last year, the USPS has shown actively reluctancies in their journey. Initially setting up a mandate of 10% electrification within delivery fleets, the USPS was put under pressure by both private and federal entities, causing the organization to increase electrification targets to 40% in July. Increasing the mandate was also primarily done in order to address criticism drawn by entities such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which the EPA demanded a new environmental review, saying that the current proposal is a “crucial lost opportunity to more rapidly reduce the carbon footprint of one of the largest government fleets in the world.” Another demand from the agency is to hold a public hearing on the fleet modernization plan. The reluctancies have also originated due to the anti-EV sentiments of the USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has repeatedly pointed out the financial “unfeasibility” of electric vehicles at such large rates of integration.

Recently, the US Senate has passed on $3 Billion for the US Postal Service to decarbonize its delivery fleet, in order to remove any sort of “financial constraints” that USPS might be worried about. Sixteen states and environmental groups had sued against the original procurement plan of 10%. Specifically, USPS was accused of conducting a flawed and illegal environmental analysis and signing contracts before completing a draft environmental review. When finally increasing the EV share, however slightly and through the defense contractor Oshkosh, USPS had also demanded more money: $3.3 billion, allegedly required to transform the entire fleet to electric. The US Government has split the allocation into $1.29 billion for purchasing electric trucks and $1.71 billion for upgrading infrastructure at USPS offices. All that is left to see now is an official response from the delivery conglomerate, following up to their financial demands being met by the federal government. USPS has currently ordered 50,000 delivery vehicles from the commercial vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Defense to renew its fleet, 10,019 of which are electric vehicles, which is about twice as many electric vehicles as last planned.

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