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White House and EPA pen scathing letters to USPS over next-gen vehicle plan, including EV misinformation

Ever since Oshkosh received a $6 billion contract from the United States Postal Service for the development of a new mail delivery vehicle, the contract has drawn controversy. Oshkosh’s plan includes primarily gas-powered vehicles, and it won out over another plan for all-electric vehicles. Now the White House is urging the Postmaster General to fulfill his responsibilities and accelerate the modernization of the delivery vehicle fleet.
Will Postmaster General Dejoy:
“fulfill the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities, improve its competitiveness, tackle the climate crisis, and address environmental injustice by accelerating the modernization and electrification of its delivery vehicle fleet through the procurement of its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV).”
Holdin my breath? No.
 

Tam

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...Holdin my breath? No...
Correct. If the past is a guide as he told the congress that he refused to put back mail-sorting machines that were destroyed and his job has still been secured so there's no incentive for him to fulfill the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The only way to change is to fire him from the USPS.
 
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He already responded and in short said the solution they have best meets the needs of the post office. The real reason for Biden's letter has nothing to do with the environment and more to do with unions and Biden's support of them. The new trucks will be built in South Carolina with non-union labor instead of Wisconsin which would force Oshkosh to use higher priced union labor.
 

Tam

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He already responded and in short said the solution they have best meets the needs of the post office. The real reason for Biden's letter has nothing to do with the environment and more to do with unions and Biden's support of them. The new trucks will be built in South Carolina with non-union labor instead of Wisconsin which would force Oshkosh to use higher priced union labor.

Yes! He also responded to Congress on the destruction of mail sorting machines to best meet the needs.

He contracted to a non-commitment for pure EV:

"Under the contract’s initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense will finalize the production design of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) — a purpose-built, right-hand-drive vehicle for mail and package delivery — and will assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of them over 10 years. The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be retrofitted to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technologies. The initial investment includes plant tooling and build-out for the U.S. manufacturing facility where final vehicle assembly will occur."
 
"The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be retrofitted" and who thinks that is a grand idea.. DeJoy said there would be %10 electric vehicles of the total.


Really, retrofit with a large battery and drive train?

Also, the now defeated Build Back Better bill would have given the Post Office $2.5 Billion for EV's.
 
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Tam

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...more to do with unions and Biden's support of them....

The current USPS 24-year-old fleet has 8.2 MPG so Oshkosh's "fuel-efficient internal combustion engines" Next Generation Delivery Vehicles will be 8.6 MPG. That is practically no improvement on air quality.

About union. If you want union-free, you should choose Workhorse EV which has been in the business making its own EVs since 1998.

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Oshkosh is the wrong choice for union-free because it doesn't actually build trucks from the ground up for USPS. It uses gasoline engines, transmissions, and other components from Ford Motors Company. And guess which workers make those Ford oily engines? UNIONIZED workers!!!
 

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