Committed to the fiscally responsible deployment of electric vehicles for the largest US federal fleet
WASHINGTON, February 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Postal Service said it remains committed to working with all of its stakeholders – including Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as it continues to implement is fiscally responsible for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) program, which is designed to introduce safer and more environmentally friendly vehicles and is working to electrify its delivery fleet as quickly as resources and infrastructure will allow it.
“Our commitment to an electric fleet remains ambitious given the pressing vehicle and safety needs of our aging fleet as well as our dire financial situation,” said the Postmaster General and USPS Chief Executive Officer. Louis DeJoy. “The proposed action, which we are evaluating under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), includes an initial order plan for 5,000 electric vehicles and the flexibility to increase the number of electric vehicles introduced if funding becomes available. In the absence of such funding, we must make fiscally responsible decisions that result in the necessary introduction of safer and more environmentally friendly vehicles for the men and women who deliver the American mail.”
In the spirit of collaboration and dedication to modernizing its fleet, the Postal Service has made its top-level engineering, logistics, and labor personnel available to key federal agencies as part of the process. aiming to better determine what is necessary from an environmental point of view for its NGDV.
In preparing its Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) under NEPA, the Postal Service also consulted with several federal agencies and continues to consult with them as it prepares to complete the NEPA process. The NEPA Act ensures that federal agencies carefully consider environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives to a proposed course of action, and the Postal Service believes it has fully met the requirements of the law.
Also over the past year, the Postal Service has made its teams available to congressional policymakers as they continue efforts to secure funding to create a fleet of mostly electric USPS delivery vehicles over the past few years. next 10 years. Although congressional funding levels have varied, the Postal Service has recently discussed the possibility of achieving 70% fleet electrification within a decade.
“When you are an independent government entity suffering billions of dollars in annual losses and Congress is mandated to operate in a fiscally sustainable manner, we are obligated to act prudently in the interest of the American public. , this responsibility should not be taken for an ambivalent commitment to operate a cleaner postal fleet for our country,” Postmaster General DeJoy said. “Additionally, comparisons between the Postal Service and multinational private sector who report multi-billion dollar annual profits and who are not required to go to 161 million delivery addresses in all climates and topographies six days a week, are not given our perilous financial situation and our universal service mission. We will be determined to make decisions based on our financial situation and what we can realistically achieve, while striving to take delivery of safer and cleaner vehicles by next year. our significant budget deficits and significant financial challenges, Congress is well aware of the additional resources that would be required if Congress preferred that the Postal Service expedite the electrification of our delivery vehicle fleet as a matter of public policy.
The NGDV with an internal combustion engine would be a more fuel efficient vehicle compared to the current Long Life Vehicle (LLV), although it is larger. The fuel economy of the NGDV without air conditioning running is 14.7 MPG, compared to the fuel economy of the LLV of 8.4 MPG (which has no air conditioning). The new vehicle would provide Postal Service carriers with many modern safety features, including 360-degree cameras, front and rear automatic braking and a driver airbag.
Recognizing that powertrain technology can change significantly over the 20-year available life of the NGDV, the Postal Service selected a flexible design platform that can adapt to advances in technology. It provides a vehicle platform that can come with an internal combustion engine or battery-electric drivetrain technology.
The combination of NGDV powertrains in the proposed action that is being considered under NEPA would have positive environmental impacts compared to current LLVs due to the reduced number of trips required and better emission controls. These controls would reduce exhaust emissions and help improve air quality compared to the LLVs they are meant to replace.
Postal Service cost estimates include the price of charging infrastructure rather than assuming the availability of public charging, as Postal vehicles must be mass-charged at Postal Service facilities to meet the operational and logistical needs of its carriers. The Postal Service analyzes the capacity of the national and local electrical grid to determine any necessary upgrades at the grid level.
The Postal Service generally does not receive taxpayer money for its operating expenses and depends on the sale of postage, goods, and services to fund its operations.
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