The Postal Service’s more than 217,000 vehicles make up the largest share of federal civilian fleet, meaning any significant progress to electrify it would swiftly advance Biden’s climate agenda. And experts say all manner of government entities — from federal agencies to local police departments — will follow a similar process to move away from fossil fuels.
DeJoy said prioritizing infrastructure in the short-term will allow the agency to deploy its EVs more quickly; to do otherwise risked squandering Congress’s investment and undermining mail delivery.
“I can’t put [electric] vehicles everywhere,” DeJoy said. “They need to have homes.”