Electrify the Postal Service

What's At Stake

The Postal Service announced its intention to buy nearly 10,000 polluting trucks before it finishes its environmental review. Help us push the Postal Service to finish the review and buy electric trucks instead.

In December, the Postal Service committed to electrifying most of its new fleet, and to only buy electric trucks after 2026. At the time, we celebrated the news and the successful efforts of Earthjustice supporters like you, while calling on the Postal Service to boost its percentage of off-the-shelf electric vehicles — trucks that are used for mail delivery but weren’t specifically designed for that.

A couple months later, the Postal Service announced it is purchasing nearly 10,000 electric, union-made off-the-shelf vehicles. This is exactly what 70,000 Earthjustice supporters asked for since the beginning of this campaign in 2021 — electric mail trucks that are good for our lungs and good for workers.

What Earthjustice supporters didn’t ask for was for the Postal Service to purchase an equal number of gas-guzzling trucks at the same time. Buried in the Postal Service’s press release trumpeting the electric trucks was a paragraph detailing its plans to put nearly 10,000 new polluting trucks into our communities before it even finishes the environmental review its legally required to do. The Postal service could buy close to 18,000 more of these polluting trucks in the coming years.

After 18 months of public pressure, multiple comment periods, and Congressional intervention, it’s baffling that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Postal Service continues to dig in its heels on combustion vehicles. Electric mail trucks will result in cleaner air, reduced carbon emissions, and will bring the electric transportation revolution to every community.

The Postal Service is hoping that people won’t notice what it’s doing because it made a splashy announcement earlier this year. If it gets away with this, the agency might feel emboldened to continue to buy tens of thousands more combustion vehicles when it finally releases its environmental review this spring. We need your help to send a message that we want to see them deliver on the promise of an all-electric Postal Service fleet.

Call on the Postal Service to finish its environmental review before it puts any polluting trucks onto our streets.

A Postal Service truck in Atlanta.
A tenured USPS truck makes its rounds in Midtown Atlanta. This photo was taken in Atlanta, Georgia on March 6th, 2021. (Eric Saulsberry / Shutterstock)

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