Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
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WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced that at least 40 percent of its new delivery fleet will be electric, an increase from its original plan of purchasing 10 percent electric vehicles.
Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka issued the following response:
“Transportation electrification must be a priority for the federal government to reduce our dependence on oil. This move by the U.S. Postal Service is a step in the right direction because it will not only reduce air pollution in communities but will also reduce the devastating impacts that oil has on our economic and national security. However, we encourage the USPS to increase that percentage and electrify its entire fleet.
“The USPS is an ideal candidate for an electric light-duty fleet because vehicles can be easily and cheaply recharged at night, reducing operating costs. Indeed, if the USPS were to electrify its entire light-duty fleet by 2025, it would save $2.9 billion dollars over the life of those vehicles.
“The USPS is making the right move, but Congress must now appropriate the funding necessary to electrify the entire federal fleet. We cannot wait any longer.”
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a non-partisan, not-for-profit group committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale in order to combat the economic, public health, and national security dangers caused by America’s dependence on oil. The EC works with a variety of stakeholders that represent the entire electrified transportation value chain, positioning the organization as a dedicated rallying point for an array of electrification allies. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.