Carper Applauds USPS’ Investment to Modernize Delivery Vehicle Fleet, Reduce Greenhouse Emissions and Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and senior Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC), released the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced it will work with Oshkosh Defense to replace its decades-old vehicle fleet, which is one of the largest in the world. USPS laid out plans to manufacture a new generation of U.S.-built postal delivery vehicles equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains.

For over a decade, Senator Tom Carper has championed the need for the United States Postal Service to modernize its operations to make them more cost-effective and more efficient for the American people. 

“The announcement by the U.S. Postal Service that it will begin the process of modernizing its outdated delivery vehicle fleet is welcome news for customers and for the future of this important American institution. The U.S. Postal Service reaches every household in America — from those in the largest cities to those in the most rural communities. It’s a critical part of our nation’s infrastructure, but its operations have long been overdue for an upgrade. By investing in a new, modern delivery fleet that reduces its carbon footprint and saves money over the long-term USPS is taking significant steps towards bringing its operations into the 21st century. Upgraded postal trucks will also have increased cargo capacity, and include advanced safety features like 360-degree cameras and collision avoidance systems to help letter carriers do their jobs safely and efficiently. With this investment in newer and more efficient vehicles now, USPS and the postal workforce can continue to meet the needs of Americans across the country who rely on this important service. I’m glad that, with President Biden’s leadership, we are looking toward the future and prioritizing smart ways to protect our planet all across our government.”