A blog post by Lexington’s Paul Steidler was quoted in a Trucks.com article on moves in Congress to require that all of the Postal Service’s new delivery vehicles be electric trucks. Some, like Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), would like to see the USPS fleet comply with a recent President Biden executive order to eliminate emissions from government vehicles.
“With $26 billion in cash and available cash, USPS does not need any funds from Congress to begin the initial purchase of vehicles and to sustain future vehicle purchases, including vehicles that will be largely electric. What USPS does need, though, is holistic postal reforms from Congress in the next two years,” wrote Steidler. “The current vehicles lack fuel efficiency and have high emissions. Hundreds have caught fire in recent years, not only threatening lives but leading to large toxic emissions through thick clouds of black smoke from burning wires, rubber, batteries, and other truck components. The sooner they are retired, the better,” he added.
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