Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles

Mail trucks spend so much time starting, stopping and idling, that building a new mail truck fleet of EV’s makes perfect sense in over 90-percent of the cases. Right now, only 20-percent are planned to be built as EV’s.

The old mail trucks still in use, only get about 8 miles per gallon (MPG) while the new ones get that same lousy gas mileage if the air conditioner is running, and only something like 14MPG without the AC turned on!
Meantime, EV’s have MPGe (MPG equivalents) that are far better than gas guzzlers, often over 100 MPGe, at least in current automobiles. The trucks could be charged every night with Level 2 chargers, easily providing the range needed for the next day’s mail route. Current truck maintenance costs of $700 million per year could be minimized.
From the U.S. Department of Energy:

“EVs offer high fuel economy, which translates to lower operating cost. Light-duty all-electric vehicle Operation and Maintenance (O&M) averages about 3 cents per mile according to the U.S. General Services Administration. EVs achieve their best fuel economy during stop-and-go driving conditions typical of many fleet applications. Electricity prices are also less volatile than those of gasoline/diesel, making it easier to predict fuel costs over time. Finally, lower off-peak electric rates may be available for charging, which further reduces EV fuel costs.”

Electric Vehicles for Fleets – Fleet Benefits
Obviously, I’m not the only one who feels strongly about this:

“The Postal Service faces three lawsuits over its plan to replace its aging fleet with more gasoline powered trucks, including the one filed by 16 states that include Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The lawsuits say the Postal Service violated federal law by not doing a proper environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Postal Service assumed a gallon of gas would cost about $2.50 twenty years from now, about half of today’s price.”

Pa. among 16 states suing U.S. Postal Service over lack of electric vehicles – StateImpact Pennsylvania

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