USPS strikes deal to buy new trucks with low gas mileage

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The United States Postal Service do the fucking thing. Against everyone’s best judgment, they go ahead and allow his fleet of trucks to be replaced with an almost all-gas-powered “upgrade.” This comes despite President Biden and the EPA very kindly instructing the Postal Service not to.

According to Bloomberg, the announcement was made on Wednesday and signals their decision to move forward with the Absolutely Undesirable Trucks. Of the 165,000 new-generation postal trucks, only 10% will be BEVs.

Postmaster General and USPS President and CEO Louis DeJoy says the agencyy would consider more electric vehicles in the fleet in the future:

“[W]We will continue to pursue the acquisition of additional electric vehicles as additional funding – from internal sources or from Congress – becomes available,” DeJoy said. “But the process must continue to move forward.

You might think the president could step in and put a stop to this, but that’s not the case. The USPS operates as a semi-independent agency, so Biden has little power to make changes from within. DeJoy was, of course, nominated by President Trump in May 2020.

These new trucks have been controversial to say the least.

The USPS’ $6 billion deal with Oshkosh Defense for the NGDV mail truck was questioned by the EPA earlier this month. The main sticking points are twofold. The first: only 10% of new trucks will be electric vehicles. The second – and somehow more silly – reason: their gas mileage barely improves over the outgoing 30-year-old fleet.

As we have already said, it is dog poop.

In fact, the EPA says that with the air conditioner on, it will only report a 0.4 mile-per-gallon improvement over the agency’s current trucks. They would only get 8.6 mpg compared to the old truck’s 8.2. The main difference is that old trucks don’t have air conditioning, which postal workers desperately need and deserve. However, you think there would be more improvement in 30 years.

The EPA estimates that these trucks will end up using 110 million gallons of gasoline each year. The agency also alleges that the USPS paid Oshkosh $482 million without doing any research or analysis on the matter.

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