Lawmaker Seeks to Stop Postal Service Contract With Limited EVs

A House Democrat who has advocated for the U.S. Postal Service to electrify its vehicle fleet vowed Thursday to block a contract the service awarded to Oshkosh Corp. earlier this week.

“This is an urgent situation where we cannot allow this contract to go forward,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said in an interview.

USPS awarded Oshkosh Defense a $6 billion, 10-year contract to manufacture a new fleet of as many as 165,000 postal delivery vehicles with “either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains.” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Wednesday that the service has plans for only 10% of its new truck fleet to be electric.

The lawmaker’s scrutiny adds to pressure on the Postal Service, which has come under fire in recent months for a delivery slowdown under DeJoy. President Joe Biden on Thursday said he wants leaders who can do a “better job” running the service, signaling DeJoy could be at risk of losing his job.

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Fucking nut job Democrat. As usual sticking their nose in stuff they know nothing about.

With EVs limited to around a hundred miles and many postal routes exceeding that plus second trips and all of that It’s just ridiculous to think the post office could go all the electric under current technology.

But the wackadoodle left-wing nut jobs don’t seem to understand the technology isn’t able to provide what they’re preaching at this time.