Commissioner Ruth Goldway, who serves on the Postal Regulatory Commission, really likes the idea of an electric future for postal vehicles.
Her office recently gave these stats:
The USPS fleet has more than 200,000 vehicles, 142,000 of them dedicated to daily local mail delivery. Most of them are the Long-Life Vehicles and were placed into service between 1987 and 1994 with a projected service life of 20 years.
Thanks to good maintenance and a pretty good product by Grumman (and maybe some bailing wire and gum), these vehicles are hanging in there. But they won't last forever.
The primary issue concern with LLVs, besides their age, is the fuel efficiency. The 2.4 liter engine only gets between 8-10 MPG -- which works out to about 25 cents a mile, depending on the cost of fuel.
Goldway wants to change that and is pushing for the LLVs to be replaced with electric models. Her office states that even with amortized cost of replacement batteries and depending on the local cost of electricity, a battery-powered LLV should cost between 8-12 cents a mile to operate.
And regular maintenance of electric vehicles is only 40 percent of gasoline models.
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