The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to add 40,000 gasoline trucks traveling only 8.6 miles per gallon has sparked a congressional investigation, and Congressmen question whether the agency “relyed on false assumptions to justify the purchase of gas-powered trucks” I did.
The House Supervisory Reform Committee May 12 letter The Postal Service wants to provide additional information about the service’s “next generation delivery vehicle” plans, which initially include orders for 50,000 vehicles. About 40,000 of them are gas fueled. Trucks that only have 8.6 mpg or 0.4 mpg more than the USPS’ older trucks; according to to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The remaining 10,000 trucks will be electric.
The Postal Service’s plan to replace most existing vehicles with gas-powered trucks has raised concern in more than a dozen states and environmental groups.It is accusing the Postal Service of not meeting environmental review criteria.
According to a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office, there are several issues related to the USPS’ analysis of purchasing costs and benefits. For example, it’s like buying at $2.21 per gallon (2 gallons cheaper than a gallon).
In a letter of May 12, Assemblyman Carolyn Maloney, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said:[s] Rather than pursuing a plan to purchase tens of thousands of gas-hungry trucks, the Postal Service has decided to take action to quickly transition to electric vehicles.”
The investigation comes after the House moves forward on Wednesday. bill Invalidates the Postal Service’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the impact of new trucks and requires postal administrations to complete a new EIS before purchasing more vehicles.
Pushbacks can delay new trucks.
The Postal Service said the measure could delay the launch of trucks by more than a year.
A USPS spokeswoman said in an email to CBS MoneyWatch that “the delay will have environmental consequences as 30-year-old environmentally friendly and unemployee-friendly vehicles continue to move through the United States and the purchase of 10,019 electric vehicles is put on hold.” “The men and women of the US Postal Service have long been waiting for safer and cleaner vehicles.”
Controversy over new carsBetween the USPS and Oshkosh Defense, advocated by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the new fleet of 165,000 trucks will produce 50,000 vehicles. The $482 million deal garnered mixed reactions and critics criticized everything from the truck’s design to its fuel efficiency.
At a hearing on the April vehicle deal, witnesses raised questions about whether the Postal Service “has used false assumptions in its environmental and cost analysis to justify the purchase of delivery trucks that consume more gas than electric vehicles,” Maloney said in May. I wrote in a letter on the 12th.
In addition to assumptions about gasoline prices dropping $2 per gallon, Maloney cited GAO’s findings that the Postal Service “miscalculated the cost of maintaining electric vehicles.” She said others have said the post office relied on inaccurate information about EV charger costs and EV ranges.
The USPS said its criticism of the environmental impact statement “disregards the unique delivery profile required by our vehicles, which have to travel short distances between hundreds of roadside crates and make frequent stops throughout the day,” the FDA said. It belongs to our competitors.”