The Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Wednesday asked the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider plans to purchase a predominantly gas-powered fleet of up to 165,000 trucks.

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DeJoy, a Trump appointee and longtime donor to the former president, okayed the current plan for vehicle purchasing, which only requires one-tenth of new Postal Service trucks to be electric. Oshkosh, the recipient of the USPS vehicle contract, is estimated to reduce fuel consumption only about 18 percent, burning about 110 million tons of gasoline annually.


The Postal Services proposal as currently crafted represents a crucial lost opportunity to more rapidly reduce the carbon footprint of one of the largest government fleets in the world, Arroyo wrote. A ten-percent commitment to clean vehicles, with virtually no fuel efficiency gains for the other 90 percent is plainly inconsistent with international, national, and many state GHG emissions reduction targets, as well as specific national policies to move with deliberate speed toward clean, zero-emitting vehicles[.]

The EPA also wrote that USPS erroneously based its plans for incorporating electric vehicles on the state of existing charging infrastructure, rather than planning for its likely expansion in the years ahead.

With some additional time and work, I am confident that the USPS can swiftly incorporate the kind of up-to-date information on electric vehicle technology, cost, and deployment that USPSs competitors are using to inform their own business decisions to electrify their fleets, Mallory wrote in her own letter.

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The Hill has reached out to USPS for comment.