The U.S. postal service currently owns of one of the largest vehicle fleets on the planet, and they recently announced a monumental measure to replace 6,500 aging gas guzzling vehicles with more fuel efficient vehicles. The plan includes 900 hybrids and 1,000 alternative fuel vehicles purchased by the U.S. General Services Administration as part of a $210 million dollar plan to green the government’s fleet. Since these vehicles see heavy use and are essential for many of the USPS’ operations, their introduction stands to create a massive reduction in carbon emissions and fuel costs.
The Postal Service currently has close to 220,000 vehicles in its fleet, of which 43,000 are alternative fuel vehicles. The new set of energy efficient vehicles will be introduced as part of the Post Office’s plan to reduce petroleum use by 20% over the next five years, and will consist of 6,500 vehicles including E-85 ethanol-capable vehicles and gasoline/electric hybrids. As part of additional tests, the Postal Service is trialing a number of three-wheeled electric vehicles, two hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinox, and a number of propane fuel and biodiesel-powered vehicles.
Via Autoblog Green