The Postal Service’s Gas-guzzling New Mail Truck: Electric Versions May Be Closer Than They Appear
- Mar 4, 2021 5:05 pm GMT
- Dorothy Robyn Senior Fellow, ISE
Public Policy Expert
The sooner Congress signals—with its wallet—that the future NGDV is electric, the better.
Clean energy advocates reacted angrily last week when the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) failed to move aggressively toward electric vehicles (EVs) in awarding the long-awaited contract for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV). But some objects may be closer than they appear. The USPS is not anti-EV, just broke. If Congress covers the higher upfront cost of EVs, the USPS will be able to electrify its fleet at a pace that would make the Pony Express proud.
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