WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, over 50+ House lawmakers led by Reps Maloney, DeFazio, Connolly, and Huffman sent a letter to President Biden and Speaker Pelosi supporting an $8 billion investment to “enable the Postal Service to purchase an all-electric delivery fleet and the needed infrastructure to support that fleet” put forward in the American Jobs Plan.
The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) has been a vocal critic of the missteps taken by Postmaster DeJoy and has called for Congress to act in order to electrify the Postal delivery fleet and meet the Administration’s key sustainability objectives.
“Electrifying the U.S. Postal fleet will reduce harmful emissions, improve air quality, and create good industry jobs. We see these efforts as a much needed course correction to a backward-looking decision from Postmaster DeJoy,” said ZETA Executive Director Joe Britton. “The Postal fleet is an obvious use-case for electrification, and American communities and postal workers deserve clean, reliable technology. This will send a strong message that the United States plans to lead in transportation electrification.”
ZETA also supports the Postal Service Modernization Act, recently introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman, which calls for 75 percent electrification and a $6 billion investment in the agency.
The coalition had recently outlined a path forward for U.S. Postal Service electrification and has pushed lawmakers to consider the electrification imperative as they review next steps.
Earlier this year, ZETA launched a comprehensive federal roadmap to achieve 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030. Their policy platform offers federal policymakers a blueprint to create hundreds of thousands of domestic manufacturing jobs, protect public health, and secure American leadership in the automotive space. A hallmark of ZETA’s policy roadmap is federal fleet electrification.