BILL: Postal Vehicle Modernization Act (H.R.1636)

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  • 332
    dionrdixon
    01/17/2024

    The USPS currently runs 236,532 postal vehicles. If we assume a one-to-one replacement, that comes to a per-vehicle cost of $25,366.55. Currently, the cheapest commercial EV that you can come by is the Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT, which comes in at $27,495. While final assembly of this vehicle is accomplished in Michigan, the battery, motor, and drive unit are manufactured in South Korea. This means that even though the US Government may see a discount per unit for buying American and for a bulk buy, this is likely offset by the higher cost American labor involved, so it's probably a wash. To replace each vehicle with an EV would cost, at a minimum, $6,503,447,340.
    This also doesn't include the cost of installing the charging infrastructure necessary to run all these electric vehicles. The hardware for a Level 3 electric charging station alone costs betweeen $10,000 and $40,000, which doesn't include the cost of running the high voltage lines and power management hardware necessary. But again, let's assume these companies give a discount for Government purchase and bulk buy, and let's call it $20,000 per installation. There are currently 31,132 post offices in the country that would require charging stations for their new electric delivery vehicles. That comes to a cost of $622,640,000.
    So, best case scenario, this bill should cost $7,126,087,340. And that's way too much money for us to be spending upfront for technology that is not ready for prime time. There is other infrastructure that more desperately needs investment, like bridges, roadways, and rails.

  • 2,206
    wpeckham
    01/16/2024

    Provision for this should have been made in 2016, and we should be running an EV fleet by now.  Congress needs to step up to save the world, or we will not HAVE a country! 

  • 3,226
    Surender
    01/16/2024

    First fire Louis DeJoy

    second phase out tue/thu/sat deliveries

    third stop subsidizing long rural routes for ecommerce packages - charge by cube/weight/distance

    fourth phase out fossil fuel usage

    Immediately install solar panels on all facilities and parking lots - where feasible 

  • 936
    SamJenkins
    01/11/2024

    It is time to move away from fossil fuels, and this is an appropriate way to begin. 

  • 2,380
    Martha
    01/09/2024

    This would be a real plus for the environment and at this point the env. needs all the pluses we can provide.

  • 44.8k
    Brian
    01/09/2024

    All new vehicles purchased by the Federal government or its agencies should be electric vehicles, in order to demonstrate environmental responsibility and a commitment to climate action.

    The USPS has a lot of problems, but every vehicle it buys going forward should be operating on zero emissions.

    I support this bill.

  • 89.9k
    LeslieG
    01/09/2024

    The Postal Vehicle Modernization Act was initially introduced in 2021, and is being reintroduced in 2024 with 44 Democratic co-sponsors in a Republican controlled House so unless some Republicans are willing to cross over and support it will not progress despite its value in replacing 66,000 fossil fuel vehicles with EVs, and 41,500 charging stations since each post office will be required to have a charging station.

    https://federalnewsnetwork.com/management/2023/02/usps-commits-1-2b-to-lay-foundation-for-its-mostly-electric-next-gen-fleet/?readmore=1

    https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2022/1220-usps-intends-to-deploy-over-66000-electric-vehicles-by-2028.htm

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr1636

     

  • 7,289
    larubia
    01/09/2024

    This is awesome & shows leadership in utilizing greener transportation!!!  I love vehicles must be Made in America!!!  More of this, please!

     

    DeJoy will find a way to ruin it, if it passes. Is he gone yet?

  • 8,016
    M
    01/09/2024

    Dear @causes, Jared Huffman (D-Cali.) isn't from Cali. because there is no such place. He is either from CA or the rarely used 5 letter rule for states, Calif., both acceptable forms of abbreviation for California. In the same way that Cormer is from KY, not Ky. Because two letter abbreviations for states has used all capital letters since 1963. 

    Cuz werking n media basic language skillz shud b a gibbin.

  • 3,908
    Jim2423
    01/09/2024

    Although I am not a big fan of long distance EVs, if you are traveling less than fifty miles a day, and traveling within city limits, I agree with the Posta Office using EVs. But as far as rural deliveries, I am not sold. This is a positive step forward. But we still have that Trumpet in charge of the Postal Service. 

  • 24.2k
    Frank_001
    01/09/2024

    Prioritize the removal of DeJoy.

    Also. Focus on keeping Trump out of the White House.

    It's 2024 #VoteBlue

  • 24.2k
    Frank_001
    01/09/2024

    Why highlight legislation with near Zero chance of passing?

    People with a Republican Congressperson need to step up.