Washington, D.C.— In response to the USPS announcement that it has finalized its contract with Oshkosh Corp. to purchase gasoline-powered vehicles, Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka made the following statement:
“It’s beyond disappointing that the USPS has ignored the justified criticisms of its opaque and flawed environmental impact analysis and committed to an overwhelmingly gas-fueled new fleet.
“An alternative analysis shows that USPS leadership would save the agency billions in avoided fuel and maintenance costs over the life of the fleet by electrifying the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV). Despite those findings, Postmaster DeJoy has decided to embrace outdated technology and unstable gas prices. Instead of delivering huge benefits to public health, national security, and efforts to combat climate emissions, Postmaster DeJoy and the USPS Board of Governors seem determined to miss their EV moment.
“With our national and energy security hanging in the balance, we hope that leaders in Congress will use every opportunity to ensure the NGDV is all-EV.”
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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate widespread deployment and adoption of electric vehicles in order to reduce the economic, public health and national security risks caused by America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.