The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it’s time to retire the iconic boxy vehicles.
The USPS began soliciting bids in 2016 and five finalists now remain in the running: they are Workhorse/Hackney, AM General, Karsan, Mahindra, and Oshkosh.
Two of the finalists offer electrified options—Workhorse and Mahindra—and environmental groups are urging the USPS to choose an electric future over one powered by fossil fuels.
In fact, 13 groups penned a letter to the USPS last week in an attempt to persuade the government entity to choose an electrified delivery truck. Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, 13 environmental groups working on clean transportation solutions sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging them to select plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) for the next generation of delivery trucks. A switch to electric delivery trucks will both benefit the health of employees and neighborhood residents by reducing their exposure to harmful emissions, and will cut down on fuel and maintenance costs while helping the Postal Service meet its sustainability goals.
Two of the five vehicles USPS is considering for the next generation of delivery trucks are plug-in models. The winner of the contract will be announced in early 2018. If an electric model is selected, the USPS fleet would be the largest electric vehicle fleet in the world.
In response, Sierra Club Clean Transportation for All Director Gina Coplon-Newfield released the following statement:
“Because the Postal Service delivers to every address in the nation, they have a unique responsibility to consider the impacts of their trucks on its employees, neighborhood residents, and taxpayers. From the public health benefits to cost reductions, electric delivery trucks make sound sense for the USPS. With electric delivery trucks, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stop the delivery of climate action by the United States Postal Service.”
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