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United States Postal Service Greens Fleet

The United States Postal Service is taking the retirement of more than 6,500 traditional vehicles to further green their fleet, while also consolidating their vehicles.  In place of these traditional vehicles will be 1,000 E-85 ethanol-capable and 900 gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles.  These delivery fleet vehicles will be purchased by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Other vehicles being purchased in fleet replacement by the GSA will be fuel-efficient, four-cylinder vehicles.

This effort by the USPS is in line with a a greater strategy of greening the delivery of mail.  For example, since 2006 alternative fuel use has increased 41 percent.  The USPS also hopes to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent in the next five years.  In reality, it has been well known that the USPS is an advocate of environmental reforms.  The USPS has been the recipient of 70 major environmental awards, including 40 White House Closing the Circle awards for environmental stewardship and the 2009 Climate Change Champion of the Year Award for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.