House Democrats tell USPS to pump the brakes on gas-guzzling truck contract

A top House Democrat told senior U.S. Postal Service officials Tuesday that the agency “needs to go back to the drawing board” on an $11.3 billion plan to replace its aging delivery vehicles with up to 148,000 gas-guzzling trucks despite directives from the Biden administration to make the federal fleet more green and opposition from environmental regulators.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairing a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, accused the mail service of ignoring “its responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet.” She said there was compelling evidence that the Postal Service made faulty calculations in deciding to purchase gas-powered trucks that get 8.6 miles per gallon — an 0.4 mpg improvement over the current 30 year-old fleet — rather than battery-powered vehicles.

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Interesting that next generation delivery vehicles for UPS are electric. Once again the USPS is operating 20 years behind competition.