USPS Could Reduce Emissions by 300 Percent With All-Electric Fleet, Report Finds

Electrifying the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) fleet of vehicles would be both feasible and carry many benefits for the agency and the climate, a new report finds, bolstering the case against adopting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plan to Buy a brand new gas-guzzling vehicle.

According to the report, prepared by the USPS Office of Inspector General, nearly all of the agency’s routes could be serviced by electric mail trucks. Only 2,600 out of 177,000 routes wouldn’t be serviceable with electric vehicles – the other nearly 99According to the USPS, a quarter of the routes can be covered in the 70 miles the electric trucks can travel on one charge.

The Inspector General concluded that electric vehicles would be able to meet nearly all of the Postal Service’s needs while helping the agency save money over time and meet its sustainability goals of a 25 percent carbon dioxide emissions reduction by 2030.

“We identified several clear benefits of adopting electric vehicles into the postal delivery fleet, including improved sustainability and environmental impacts,” the Office of the Inspector General wrote. “The Postal Service is poised to refresh its delivery fleet at a moment when electric vehicle technology is rapidly advancing. Battery ranges are improving, and battery costs are declining.”

The Postal Service is poised for a new report. defy President Joe Biden’s pleasfor the agency go all-electric. The Postal Service, under the direction of DeJoy formulated a plan to purchase a vehicle last month. up to 165,000Gas vehicles are a frustrating problem for climate advocates who claim that USPS trucks make excellent candidates for electrification.

The USPS has seen many benefits from a fleet of six electric vehicles that it adopted in 2017. The agency reported last year that these six vehicles had reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 52,770 pounds since 2017. The report found that emissions reductions could triple if an all-electric fleet is purchased, as opposed to the 90 percent gas-powered fleet currently being purchased.

The agency also saved $10,000 on fuel costs by using an electric fleet. Electricity is cheaper and more reliable than gasoline per gallon. Gas has fluctuated between $2 per gallon and more than twice that. $4 a gallonAccording to the report, the cost per gallon of electricity has hovered around $1.25 over the past decade.

An all-electric fleet can save the postal agency money over the long-term. Electric vehicles are more reliable and require less maintenance than gasoline trucks. Private companies like UPS and Amazon have begun to purchase electric vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint.

The chief caveat is that the upfront costs of buying electric vehicles would be significantly higher than the current plan to replace the agency’s 217,000 older vehicles with new gas-run trucks, according to the report. The trucks would not only be more costly, but they would also need to have chargers installed for them when they are not in use.

The report states that Congress could provide a subsidy in the amount of $7 billion to the agency, which would allow it to break even in 10 to 15 years. Congress is considering a bill that would provide such a subsidy, but the bill is moot if the agency doesn’t decide to go all-electric.

Democrats in Congress have been trying to stop DeJoy’s plan. A group of House Democrats recently calledfor an investigation into the contract to purchase vehicles. This inquiry will question whether or not the agency properly performed an environmental review of this plan. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D.Virginia), is currently investigating the contract to buy the vehicles. introduced a bill earlier this monthThe USPS would be unable to purchase a new fleet if at least 75 percent were electric.