USPS to Buy 66,000 Electric Delivery Vehicles to Cut Carbon Emissions
Author: Nina Raemont
As the world deals with the repercussions of the human-caused climate crisis, policymakers have instituted laws to curb greenhouse gas emissions like carbon, a major driver of climate change. Human-made greenhouse gas emissions largely come from the burning of fossil fuels for energy. The top three emitters worldwide are China, the US and the EU. Per capita, the US and Russia have the highest emissions. Of the 60,000 next-generation vehicles purchased, at least 75% of them will be battery electric by 2028, the USPS said. The Postal Service said it will continue to explore the possibility of achieving 100% electrification of its delivery vehicles. After 2026, the USPS will only purchase electric vehicles. Last December, the Biden administration signed an executive order to end the federal use of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. The USPS announcement that over 60% of its 106,000 new-generation vehicles will be electric is a significant boost from a proposal earlier this year. In July, USPS said 40% of the 84,500 vehicles it planned to purchase would be electric.