The United State Postal Service (USPS) has discussed dropping Saturday delivery several times in the past. Often, the USPS cites budget concerns and has proposed the five-day delivery schedule as a solution, an option many are unhappy with. So now we're hearing a different approach, and it jumps on the "go green" bandwagon. The USPS is saying reducing emissions is a primary reason for dropping Saturday deliveries. Clearly you can't argue with a company trying to save the environment, right?
U.S Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey visits Zap – Click above for high-res image
News from Zap's California headquarters has been quiet of late, with not much more than a few tidbits about a possible electric SUV and more orders for the Zaptruck reaching our screens. This week, though, we heard about a new possibility for Zap's electric vehicles (EVs) to hit the road: this time as service vehicles for the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS, through Congress, is giving a big push to get a lot of electric vehicles into the fleet.
The United States Congress has yet to pass any of the proposed appropriations that would fund a massive electrification drive by the U.S. Postal Service. Nonetheless, the post office is moving ahead with a test program in Washington, D.C. that will see some of the ubiquitous white boxes be converted to battery power.
A month ago Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) introduced a bill in the U.S. house of representatives that if passed would provide up to $2 billion to the United States Postal Service (USPS) for vehicle electrification. The money would be used to convert up to 15 percent of the agency's 142,000 vehicle fleet to plug-in capability.
Chrysler U.S. Postal Service Minivan - Click above for high-res gallery