USPS sued by states and environmental teams over buy of 8.6 mpg vans

A Postal Service delivery vehicle.

Enlarge / The USPS’s new mail truck. (credit score: United States Postal Service)

The US Postal Service is dealing with lawsuits from 16 states and several other environmental teams difficult its choice to purchase tens of hundreds of gasoline-powered supply automobiles as a substitute of electrical automobiles.

As beforehand reported, the Environmental Safety Company says the gas-powered vans being ordered by the USPS “are anticipated to attain solely 8.6 miles per gallon (mpg), barely bettering over the decades-old long-life automobiles that obtain 8.2 mpg.” The USPS countered that the automobiles get 14.7 mpg when air-con is not getting used and that the vans’ measurement will make it attainable to ship the identical quantity of mail in fewer journeys.

The USPS plan is to purchase 50,000 to 165,000 automobiles over 10 years. Of these, not less than 10 % are slated to be battery-electric automobiles (BEV). Amid controversy, the USPS final month mentioned its preliminary order of 50,000 vans for $2.98 billion would come with over 10,000 BEVs for “particular supply routes that current the very best preliminary utility for electrical automobiles.”

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