Where were those wackos during the review process for awarding the contract? There is already a requirement to have part of the fleet electric (no percentage of total found) and for vehicles to be able to be retrofitted to electric as the tech improves.
This just delays the whole replacement process further, where USPS already has had to replace completely dead Grummans with non-electric mini-vans. A familiar sight around here is a Grumman postal vehicle on a flatbed tow truck.
The Government wrote the performance/technical requirements of the Contract and the bidders did exactly what they were asked in order to not be thrown out as non-responsive. Now "somebody" comes along to question everything? So typical and one reason why Federal contractors build in extra monies or are aggressive Change Order pursuers.
One reason why all electric was not pursued in the Government RFP was that there was no budget for the estimated additional 6 billion dollars needed to fulfill that requirement not to mention all of the infrastructure upgrades necessary to accommodate charging the vehicles. Hey, its only money and they are printing it at a record clip.
I really do not understand the point of EVs (electric vehicles) although I admit I like the looks and performance of some of the hot ones.
Being eco-friendly is much more than just what comes out of the tailpipe but many folks seem to ignore this fact. The manufacturing of EVs can produce more CO2 than internal combustion vehicles due to the batteries. For example PoleStar recently acknowledged that its PoleStar 2 has a 26-ton carbon footprint from the factory which is higher than its sister company's Volvo gasoline powered HC40 SUV manufacturing footprint. And then you also have the planned obsolescence of EVs (batteries being as costly to replace as the value of the car) and the impact of the battery disposal. And of course during its lifetime you have to charge your EV and are consuming the carbon footprint that comes with that. Meanwhile China, with their environmental history, has already locked up vast amounts of the lithium battery industry. Don