Thursday, February 12, 2009

US Post Office Considers Converting to Electric Vehicles

In face of recent news of the US Post Office's struggling finances, Postal Regulatory Commission member Ruth Goldway has arrived at a solution--electric delivery vehicles. This option is both economically and environmentally beneficial for the USPS and the taxpayers.

Commissioner Goldway wants to use funds from President Obama's recently passed stimulus plan to convert the Post Office's 219,000 vehicles from gas to electric power.

Simply retrofitting the USPS's 142,000 standard delivery trucks would reduce gas consumption by almost 70 million gallons per year, saving the Post Office millions of dollars per year.

This plan is sure to meet resistance from oil company lobbyists and others like them but hopefully, anticipated public support will help push the measure through. If accomplished, the conversion will greatly help to reach President Obama's goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015.


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