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WASHINGTON (November 21, 2022) — As the gift-giving holiday approaches and Black Friday approaches, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environment and Public Works for Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced today their fellow Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore. ), Ron Wyden (D-Ore -Ore.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors Chairman Roman Martinez, urging USPS to accelerate electrification efforts of the Postal delivery fleet, including Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV), an effort that would improve service on around 177,000 routes across the country. USPS estimates that introducing an all-electric NGDV fleet would roughly triple the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a fleet that is only 10 percent electric.
USPS received an additional $3 billion in funding from the Anti-Inflation Act Invest in battery electric vehicles (BEV) and supporting infrastructure. Legislators are asking USPS to commit to increasing its fleet electrification commitment from 40 percent to 95 percent and to take advantage of the additional funds that will provide Anti-Inflation Act not only to fulfill its earlier commitment, but to make further progress towards a more ambitious benchmark. In the letter, lawmakers also urged USPS to ensure the manufacturing workers who make the mail delivery vehicles have the opportunity to collectively bargain and join a union.
“We urge USPS to use the $3 billion in new funds from the USPS Anti-Inflation Act continue to ramp up its efforts to electrify vehicles and not just spend the money on the 40 percent BEV commitment it had already made and had the resources to achieve.” wrote legislators. “With Anti-Inflation Act Funding should USPS aim higher, aiming for at least a 95 percent electric mail delivery fleet that reduces hazardous greenhouse gas emissions, helps usher in an era of ubiquitous clean car technology, and protects and creates high-value union jobs in the domestic EV supply chain by insisting that the workforce that produces the fleet gives workers the opportunity to bargain collectively.”
This letter is Senator Markey’s latest move in his push for USPS to step up efforts to electrify the fleet. In February 2022, Senators Markey (D-Mass.) and Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) presided over a letter urging DeJoy and Martinez to stop procuring a gasoline-powered delivery fleet for their NGDV. In May 2021, Senator Markey introduced this Community Vehicle Charging Act of 2021 Investing $375 million in a Department of Transportation grant program to support electric vehicle infrastructure, such as B. Charging stations to install for environmental justice communities.