Postal service

16 states are suing the Postal Service for gas-powered mail trucks

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are among those suing the US Postal Service for blocking its purchase of 148,000 gas-powered mail delivery trucks.

Driving the news: State attorneys general, Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council say the federal agency grossly underestimated the cost of the vehicles and the environmental impact, according the Washington Post.

  • The agency forecast gasoline prices of $2.19 a gallon, for example, nearly $2 below the US average this week.

The big picture: President Biden wants to electrify the entire federal vehicle fleet by 2035, including the Postal Service’s 217,000 mail delivery trucks, which make up the largest share of the civilian government fleet.

Yes, but: Under the Postal Service’s $11 billion purchase plan, just 10% of the agency’s new fleet would be electric vehicles, well below the norm set by rivals FedEx, UPS and Amazon.

Feeling the heat maybe, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy placed an order for 50,000 trucks in March, including 10,019 electric vehicles, about double his initial commitment. The trucks are expected to hit the streets by the end of 2023.

The bottom line: The lawsuit shows that critics think it is far from enough.